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Press release: Oct. 3, 2012



Online Resource for
Donating Goods While Traveling


RALEIGH, NC — Pack for a Purpose, a nonprofit organization that encourages travelers to pack needed supplies requested by community based projects at their destinations around the globe, has been named a T+L Editors’ Pick for its Digital Initiative in the Travel + Leisure
2012 Global Vision Awards http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/global-vision-awards

“I’m honored and thrilled to have Pack for a Purpose recognized by Travel + Leisure in such a meaningful way,” said Rebecca Rothney, founder and chairperson of Pack for a Purpose.

The annual Travel + Leisure Global Vision Awards highlights travel organizations that are changing the world for the better. Award winners include projects or organizations that preserve cultural heritage, save environments, or give back to communities in destinations around the globe.

Pack or a Purpose asks travelers visiting participating lodgings and tour companies in
over 44 countries such as South Africa or Costa Rica to use five pounds of space in their luggage to pack supplies for community projects at their destination. The online resource lists the specific needs requested by each project, such as pencils and books for schools, or bandages and cotton swabs in medical clinics. The website www.packforapurpose.org lists partner lodgings and tour companies that will distribute the supplies directly to the community projects.

“I hope this accolade from Travel + Leisure motivates many more travelers to check out our website when planning a trip and then bring supplies for the local community at their destination,” said Rothney, a former teacher and entrepreneur. She was inspired to found the organization after a 2008 visit to Kenya where she brought needed supplies for a local school and clinic. Since www.packforapurpose.org went live on the web in December 2009, the all-volunteer organization has inspired travelers to deliver more than 9,100 pounds of needed supplies worldwide.



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