Pack for a Purpose founder and Chairperson Rebecca Rothney has been awarded the prestigious National Geographic Traveler of the year 2014. This is only granted to 10 people each year, and is a wonderful thing to see. The charity has grown from from a spark of an idea in 2009 to have delivered over 28.5 tons of much needed supplies, to over 300 projects in 62 Countries.
I first wrote about Pack for a Purpose in 2013, and after chatting with Rebecca thought this was a fantastic charity, and that she was a great leader for them, so I’m very happy to hear the news today.
What they do
The premise behind Pack for a Purpose is to tie in humanitarian efforts with your travel. They have partnered with local charities and agencies around the world, and when you travel to a destination that they work with, you simply bring along a few more, well needed supplies. These can be very basic sanitary items, school supplies, or more elaborate items. While any donation is welcome, you are encouraged to quickly check the ‘needs list by location‘ so that the most in demand items can be received.
Additionally, for those of you who aren’t traveling at this time, or who don’t see this fitting into your plans, cash is always good! You can donate using this link, and all donations are deductible as per 501c3 rules.
I hope that as fellow travelers, and all around good human beings, you guys will be as happy as I am to see this news, and help spread awareness of this charity.
What’s next for Pack for a Purpose?
Now, Pack for a Purpose needs votes – lots and lots of votes! The public has an opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist/project to receive the People’s Choice Traveler of the Year Award. They need you to share the PfaP mission and this link http://travel.