From Travelers

Ericka Baron’s Story

Families coming together to help children in India Traveling gives us the gift to explore our magnificent world, meet new people and live extraordinary experiences. It also opens our eyes to the challenging circumstances that many people live daily to meet their basic needs and have access to education. As my friend Laura and I... Continue reading

The Jeffs’ Family Story

In February we spent a week in Mexico, where we dropped off a Pack for a Purpose donation at the Fairmont Mayakoba. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to give help where it is needed. It was also a great way to involve our son, he helped choose, pack the items and... Continue reading

The Yost Family Story

Thank you to all of our friends who helped us collect 73 pairs of prescription eyeglasses which the boys delivered to Nihiwatu where they distributed them with The Sumba Foundation in Indonesia. They spent a day giving eye exams and helping the villagers find the right eyeglasses.  Continue reading

Lisa and James’s Story

While preparing for a trip to the Galapagos Islands in January 2013, we combed through details on the Ecoventura website regarding the National Park, activities, accommodations, itinerary and suggestions about what to bring. When we came across Pack For a Purpose, we felt compelled to make our own contributions. My husband and I took two... Continue reading

Little Hands and Big Hearts in Jamaica

In September, my husband and I decided to visit Bluefields Bay, Jamaica to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. It was the first time since our honeymoon that we’d taken a trip alone. From the second we arrived at Bluefields Villas we wondered why we had waited all those years to get away. While we were enjoying... Continue reading

Honeymoon Help, “PfaPing” in Zanzibar

As we planned our honeymoon to Zanzibar, my husband and I had relaxation on our minds! Although we married in August, we chose to travel over the holidays in December. The extra planning time also came in handy, as we knew we wanted to find a positive and memorable way to celebrate our new lives... Continue reading

Kevin & Sharon Taylor

In early 2012, we were planning a trip to Tanzania for safari. My wife and I had been to South Africa previously and knew about the weight restrictions for luggage on the small planes. When we found out about Pack for a Purpose and there extensive network for collecting donations of school supplies, we were... Continue reading

Carol Laidlaw’s Story

I heard about Pack for a Purpose from a friend and decided to check it out as my husband and I would be in Namibia in December, 2012. Sure enough there was a drop off site near Windhoek so I asked my teacher friends if they had any supplies they would like to donate. We... Continue reading

Jennifer Stanigar’s Story

Two faculty and two graduate students from North Carolina State University were planning an international field research experience for the summer 2012. At a global research expo poster session where we presented our ideas to engage with workforce development partners in Jamaica, I learned about Pack For a Purpose from Rebecca. It seemed like a... Continue reading

Elizabeth’s Story

When my husband and I made a reservation to stay at Nisbet Plantation on the island of Nevis in the West Indies, we were invited to bring school supplies. This seemed like a great idea because, as a former teacher, I know that a fresh box of crayons and new (rather than tattered) books help... Continue reading