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Families

Packing for a Purpose is a wonderful family activity that all members can participate in. When families choose to Pack for a Purpose, it enhances their trip by creating more meaningful memories. Gratitude is a lesson well- modeled at even the earliest of ages.

Ellie’s Story

We recently travelled to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. I discovered the Pack for a Purpose website and was keen to participate. Unfortunately the accommodation that we were staying at was not involved in Pack for a Purpose. Following few emails I was able to arrange for the wonderful people at Chobe Elephant camp to... Continue reading

Shayla’s Story

  I was thrilled to meet Rebecca and Scott at the WashU Alumni event. When she told us about Pack for a Purpose, I was honored to be able to support her organization on our upcoming trip to Cancun.  Rebecca put me in contact with Ismerai Martinez of the Sandos project.Over the next several weeks,... Continue reading

Gwen’s Story

Our family was traveling to Aruba so I checked online to find a way to support someone in need. I came upon the Pack for a Purpose website and found a partner there. In the weeks leading up to, our trip we looked for books to take along. We ended up taking 89 books in... Continue reading

Kristine’s Story

My mother and I were fortunate enough to vacation in the Cayman Islands at Christmas! Thanks to Pack for a Purpose we could add a little extra meaning to our holiday season. A thank you to Oracle for the donated backpacks that we each filled up with school supplies. A thank you for the cruise... Continue reading

Family’s Trip to Africa Inspires Commitment to Pack for a Purpose Again

When my family and I started planning a trip to Africa, we scoured all of these travel blogs and found out a lot of people bring small things to share with the children they meet. We loved the idea and kept a running list of what they mentioned—chocolates, balloons, pencils—but found out candy isn’t a... Continue reading

Jan’s Story

  Our family travel always includes the opportunity to give back to the region we visit. When we first started this giving lesson with our kids over twenty years ago, it was hard to find an opportunity to deliver backpacks full of school supplies. Today, the internet has opened up avenues to make the task of... Continue reading

The Martin Family’s Story

Once our family became involved with Pack for a Purpose, we knew we wanted to participate every time we traveled. We started planning a trip to Aruba long ago. This time, my brother and I collected funds from friends to pool with our own and went shopping for items on the request list posted by... Continue reading

Eagle Scout Project Benefits Women and Children in Peru

This past spring my family and I decided to take a trip to visit our friends in Lima, Peru.  I thought this might be a good opportunity to work on the service project I needed to finish my Eagle Scout rank. I really wanted to do something to help underprivileged children and make a positive... Continue reading

Rakhie Rosiek’s Story

Freddy Gomes the participant from Mindelo Apartments on Cape Verde Islands helped us connect with Ari who runs the project they support, Xplicaçao de Ari. I felt very blessed my children and I had the opportunity to meet the children he helps. Ari is an amazing person. He helps children with extra lessons for free.... Continue reading

The Martin Family’s Story

It is always wonderful to see travelers who choose to make Packing for a Purpose part of all of their journeys. We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Alex Martin and her family for being such travelers. Below is a compilation of their three experiences Packing for a Purpose in the Caribbean and the... Continue reading