Accommodation

    Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

    We have recently been informed by a PfaP traveler of the current situation in customs in Aruba. Please be sure adhere to the requirements when you Pack for a Purpose. Travelers MUST have receipts and the value of any donations brought in must be under $210 USD. If not, customs will make up a value, and you must pay the tax - in cash - or they will confiscate the donation.
    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project

    Children’s Home Imeldahof offers shelter and guidance for 52 boys and girls from ages 6 through 17 years old, who due to circumstances cannot live with their parents or caregivers. The reasons are usually mental, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, or substance abuse by parents.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Pencils, and Pencil Cases/Bags

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Puzzles and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Colored Paper, Craft Glue, Craft Pom Poms, Craft Scissors, Glitter, Thread, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New Bras, New or Gently Used Clothing and Shoes (Flip Flops and Sneakers for Boys and Girls sizes 5-8), and New Underwear

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Girls Hair Accessories

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of June 10, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.