Smiles, laughs & thank yous from the BPYDC
As you may recall, our team at the Frangipani Beach Resort pioneered the Pack for a Purpose project on Anguilla. Through the program, visitors to the island – guests or not – can bring necessary supplies for us to donate to the youth program. The center, run by one paid staff member and a slew of volunteers, is run entirely on donations. After a couple of months of collections, we had 96 pounds of goods; everything from books and flashcards to watercolors and construction paper donated by a number of incredible individuals that have helped us get this program off the ground.
Scott and I were lucky enough to take the supplies to the youth center and see the kids’ faces as we delivered bag after bag of gifts. There is nothing – seriously, nothing – like the sound of kids laughing, screaming and chatting with excitement. A number of the kids ran up to us immediately, giving us hugs and saying thank you (repeated thank yous). Here’s a little thank you video from the children at BPYDC:
The pure happiness, gratitude and excitement in the air was remarkable – it’s a wonderful reminder as to why we adopted this program in the first place. It’s an opportunity for us give back to the island and to help guests do the same. Before we could even finish unloading, kids had taken books and begun reading; some started chatting about what they were going to do with their new arts and crafts supplies. Continue on to see some snapshots of the kids, digging through their new supplies.
If you’re interested in donating supplies during your trip to Anguilla, please visit our Pack for a Purpose webpage to see what supplies will be most beneficial to the center’s efforts. For more information on other countries working with Pack for a Purpose, please visit their site. Thank you to the Blowing Point Youth Development Center for working to create a program like this in the first place. We’re honored to be a small part of such a great project!