North America

PfaP Travelers Exemplify Generosity at Original Group’s Resorts

Due to economic problems, and many other difficulties, thousands of children all over the world drop out of school, being forced by the circumstances to start working at an early age. Sadly, many of them get involved in criminal activities and/or fall into addictions. In Mexico, and specifically in Riviera Maya communities, this issue affects... Continue reading

Krista’s Story

I am a Travel Agent in upstate New York. My husband and I love traveling to all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Last year while visiting Mexico we became friends with one of the bartenders who worked for the resort. He told us their work schedules and how they literally only make a few dollars a... Continue reading

Gracious Guests Bring Magic to the Fairmont Mayakoba as PfaP Travelers

The Fairmont Mayakoba became a participant on the Pack for a Purpose website over 9 years ago. All the magic really starts with the generosity of our gracious guests. For the Pack for a Purpose program to be successful at the Fairmont Mayakoba, our guests must choose to make space in their luggage to include... Continue reading

The Road to Becoming a PfaP Board Member

Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020 has had some really great silver linings for me. Other than having the most unusual amount of family time at home, I have been spending more time learning about ways to make travel more meaningful. I couldn’t be more humbled by the request from Rebecca Rothney, Founder of Pack for... Continue reading

Sandos Guests Show the Big Impact Travelers Can Make by Packing for a Purpose

We want to highlight the amazing work done in Mexico by the Sandos Foundation. They have been Pack for a Purpose participants since 2016. They support Ayúdanos a Ayudar, a non-profit program created by Sandos Hotels & Resorts, that benefits the communities in the Maya Zone, supports local schools, and collaborates with organizations that contribute... Continue reading

Melissa’s Story

Last April my boyfriend Mike and I flew from Seattle Washington to the Sandos in Los Cabos. It was my very first time in Mexico. I am a teacher and was very passionate about Packing for a Purpose. I did. I collected construction paper, glue sticks, pens, crayons, markers and so much more. I even... Continue reading

Sandos Hotels & Resorts & Their Guests, Through PfaP, Give “More Than Just a Smile”

On Mexico’s latest Three King’s Day (a Santa Claus-like local celebration), the Sandos Hotels & Resorts staff and guests visited a small community in Quintana Roo with the aim of giving “More than just a smile.” We thought that on this particularly special day, kids in the community deserved a special gift. Volunteers arrived at... Continue reading

Scott’s Story

We discovered “Pack for a Purpose” before booking a long-overdue honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We stayed at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, a participating drop off location that supports communities near the Riviera Maya. There was plenty of room in our luggage to accommodate the school supplies we were taking down with us. We’ll... Continue reading

PfaP Traveler Educates and Donates Seeing Smiles Galore in Mexico

I was both thrilled and intrigued when I learned the Princess Resort I was going to be vacationing at in Mexico worked closely with Pack for a Purpose. As a dental hygienist, I was ecstatic to learn that toothbrushes and toothpaste were on the list of supplies needed, and immediately knew I could contribute more.... Continue reading

PfaP Travelers Connect with Community in Churchill and Make a Big Impact

Thanks to the generous donations of Pack for a Purpose travelers, Churchill Northern Studies Centre was able to donate six boxes of supplies to the local Duke of Marlborough School. The boxes included school supplies, winter gear, food, and toiletries for the school, which has about 180 students. The school is located in the remote, northern community... Continue reading