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Emily Canete from DHS and Travel Expert Anne McAlpin loading up donated suitcases for Foster Care Children

Packing with Purpose

Help Change the World one Suitcase at a Time!

Did you know that children in the Foster Care System move on average 6 times before the age of 18? Each time they are often handed only a black trash bag to pack their belongings in.

Imagine instead, if they were given your lightly used luggage.

For over 15 years I've recommended that travelers donate suitcases to their local Foster Care Program and the response has been overwhelming. I’ve decided it’s time to take this idea Worldwide and you can help.

Contact your local Foster Care Service office/DHS to donate your lightly used luggage. Such a small thing can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Thank you!

Another organization that I support is CARE, the world's largest international relief organization.

CARE tackles underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.

Find out more at

"Always remember the most important thing to pack for any trip is your respect for people of different cultures. You will most often find that people throughout the world are happy to have you as a visitor - as long as you are considerate of them and their way of life." - Anne McAlpin