Pack for a Purpose

Maybe your family will be jetting off somewhere hot and sunny for a holiday in a foreign clime. Well, you can still make a difference while you relax and explore.

Pack for a Purpose

Pack for a Purpose is an organisation that encourages you to keep a little space free in your suitcase to take much-needed school and medical supplies to an underfunded clinic or school near your destination. Visit www.packforapurpose.org and select your destination. In dozens of locations around the world popular tourist resorts have agreed to collect your donation to transport to local projects which need them. Once you've found a collection resort near your destination, check the needs of the local projects and then pack the supplies in a section of your suitcase.

Just 2kg of donated items can equate to 400 pencils, a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff or 500 plasters. When you arrive you can leave the supplies with the front desk. These simple things can make an enormous difference to the local people, and all it takes is to leave out a couple of T-shirts and a pair of shorts when you pack.

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