Feeling elfish? Help build a village in India

I’ve just re-upped for a stint as an embedded elf during this year’s Spokane Fantasy Flight

The outfit is fun, but I’m thrilled to be part of a magical event that flies about 60 kids from the city’s shelters and community programs to the North Pole for a day of over-the-top adventures.

Alaska Airlines helps out with a plane and a huge team of elves does the rest.  Watching all the jingle-belled elves make their way through the security checkpoint is an adventure on its own.

This year I’m also participating in a project called Passports with Purpose, a bevy of travel bloggers banding together to raise funds for a great cause.

Last year the group raised nearly $30,000 to build a school in rural Cambodia. This year they’re working with LAFTI, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the Dalit (untouchable) population in India.

The goal: raise $50,000 to build a village in India that will provide homes for those who’ve never had them.

Contributions to the project are tax-deductible, but each $10 you kick in gets you an entry in a prize drawing for some incredibly cool and useful items; everything from hotel stays and airline tickets to electronics and travel gear.

I asked the folks at Minimus.biz to be my “prize partner” this year, so if you donate to the Passports with Purpose project, be sure to enter to win the Minimus.biz surprise box filled with at least $75 worth of essential, curious and luxury travel-sized items. (If it’s not on the list now, it will be there shortly.)

Minimus.biz surprise bag

Minimus.biz stocks travel-sized items in every category you can think of: food and beverage, household, pharmacy, cosmetics, toys & games, travel and survival.

The first time I checked out the site I was looking for TSA-friendly hair care products, but I found a whole section of single-serving food products, travel-sized rolls of duct tape, toilet paper and seat covers, emergency supplies and a specialty boutique.

In talking with Minimus.biz co-founder Paul Shrater, I also learned about the themed kits the company puts together and all the military care packages they send out.

I’ll share more information about my prize pal here shortly, but in the meantime, please check out the Passports with Purpose website and join me in helping to raise funds to build a village in India.

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