There are few things I’m more proud of in my blogging life than my involvement in Passports With Purpose. Every year since 2008 we’ve raised money for a charity I really believe in, and 2011 was no exception – almost $90,000 went to Room to Read to build two libraries in Zambia. And so you can imagine how happy I was to learn that thanks to a generous sponsorship from Expedia, three of the four founders will be there for the ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the libraries! Debbie Dubrow of Delicious Baby, Michelle Duffy of WanderMom, and Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick will be on hand to see all of the work that your generation donations made possible.
Of course I’d love to go along, as I’m sure you would too. That’s why I’m happy to share a way that we can participate – at least virtually – in this exciting trip. The Passports team will be collecting postcards and postcard-sized photographs for a photo album that they will deliver to the library. This is their way of bringing a piece of us to reside in that special place.
If you helped out by making a donation or sharing word of the contest on social media, you are welcome to send along a card or photo from your hometown or from a family trip that you really enjoyed. Be sure to write a note (or have your kids write one) on the back. The cards and photos can be mailed to Passports with Purpose, P.O. Box 16102, Seattle WA 98116.
The team will share some of their favorites online, so if you don’t want yours to be public, be sure to say so when you send it. They will be leaving for Africa in just a few short weeks, so be sure to get your postcard or photos in the mail soon – they need to arrive by May 3, 2012. And then be sure to follow along as they share their experiences on the Passports With Purpose Facebook page and Twitter stream. I’m pretty sure I’m going to need lots of tissues as I see them meet the children who will be using the libraries we helped build.