Pack for a Purpose Recognized by Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Awards

Pack for a Purpose Recognized by Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Awards

Online Resource for Donating Goods While Traveling

Pack for a Purpose


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.


"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 includeprojects 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 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 schooland clinic. Since the site went live in December 2009, the all-volunteer organization has inspired travelers to deliver more than 9,100 pounds of needed supplies worldwide.


Photo by Pack for a Purpose


About Pack for a Purpose

Pack for a PurposePack for a Purpose assists travelers with information about needed supplies for community projects at lodgings worldwide. People fortunate enough to travel to other countries often wish they could make meaningful contributions to help meet the needs of the places they visit. Such contributions are one way of expressing appreciation for the experiences and hospitality they enjoyed in other lands. The supply lists for destinations on the Pack for a Purpose website are provided directly by the local community-based projects that will receive them, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and bring items which meet the needs of the people who will be using them.



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