Old Luggage Brings New Life and New Hope to Disadvantaged People in Swaziland

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So what do you do with old luggage that still works? Perhaps the luggage just isn’t fashionable, maybe it’s scuffed, maybe the luggage just doesn’t meet a traveler’s needs anymore, or maybe the carry-on bag needs minor repair… yet it still has a productive life. So what do you do with old luggage? Most people just discard their old luggage. However, in a humanitarian gesture Irv’s Luggage has been donating their discarded carry-on bags and wheeled luggage to an organization that ships medical and hospital supplies, as well as many of life’s essentials, to the needy people of Swaziland.

So what do you do with old luggage that still works? Perhaps the luggage just isn’t fashionable, maybe it’s scuffed, maybe the luggage just doesn’t meet a traveler’s needs anymore, or maybe the carry-on bag needs minor repair… yet it still has a productive life. So what do you do with old luggage? Most people just discard their old luggage. However, in a humanitarian gesture Irv’s Luggage has been donating their discarded carry-on bags and wheeled luggage to an organization that ships medical and hospital supplies, as well as many of life’s essentials, to the needy people of Swaziland.

Pete Silverman, Irv’s Luggage Repair Manager, states, “Ron Baum is a missionary who works for the African Apostolic Faith Mission in Swaziland. Ron asked me for some of our old, abandoned luggage. He packs the luggage with donated medical supplies, hospital supplies, bandages, as well as many other life necessities (batteries, bandages, water filtration systems). UPS and FedEx then ship these suitcases free to the mission in Africa. The medicines, bandages and hospital supplies are distributed to the most needed people in Swaziland.”

“It’s a great use for an aging product that still has a productive life,” states Silverman. “Irv’s Luggage does a lot of luggage repairs. Sometimes a luggage manufacturer simply wants to replace a bag, rather than repair it. Often these bags are still highly functional. I save all of the usable bags I can for the mission work in Swaziland.”

“We’re only a small part of the entire process. But if we can help the African Apostolic Faith Mission to save a few lives and improve the quality of life for many of the world’s poorest people, then we at Irv’s Luggage are happy to help,” stated Silverman.

Irv’s Luggage operates the largest luggage repair center in the Midwest. Irv’s Luggage provides repairs for virtually all major brands of luggage including: Briggs & Riley, Hartmann, Samsonite, Victorinox and Delsey. Irv’s Luggage is a family owned business since 1947 and was started by its late founder, Mr. Irving Wein. Making use of discarded luggage for humanitarian purposes would make the founder of Irv’s Luggage proud. “There are a lot of US companies that are involved. We feel honored to contribute to this worthy cause,” said Silverman.

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