Mission: To positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to take meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit.

Philosophy: There is need everywhere in the world; however, it is sometimes difficult to identify specific needs in places far from home. Pack for a Purpose believes 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 goal is to assist travelers who want to say thank you in this manner, or who simply want to expand their generosity beyond their own communities. The supply lists for destinations, found on the Pack for a Purpose website, are provided directly by the local community-based projects that receive and use the supplies, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and to take items that meet the needs of those who will be using them.

One of our AWESOME PT’s, Shana,  is headed out to Nicaragua this May, and we would love to send some school supplies with her to support this program. The Gigante Little School is a one-room pre-school that supports 15 children ages 4 through 10 years old. The children are eager to learn, but they lack school supplies, not to mention water, decent toilets and playground equipment. By bringing school supplies, Pack for a Purpose is creating a safe zone where the students can enjoy learning and being children. Most importantly, helping the future of each child open up to more!

We are currently collecting donations, so stop by and give us a helping hand! Below is the list of current needs, items with a * indicate a higher need.


General School Supplies: Colored Pencils, *Crayons, *Drawing Paper, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Pencils, *Pens, Solar Lantern Lights, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

Reference Materials: (English and Spanish) Encyclopedias

Flash Cards: (English and Spanish) Alphabet and Math

Wall Charts: (Spanish) Human Body and Math

Text/Reading Books: (Spanish) *Age-Appropriate Story Books and *Math

Art Supplies: *Watercolor Paints and *Brushes

Sports/Outdoor Activity:Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

Clothing/Shoes:*New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and *Shoes

Office Supplies: Markers and Pencils