256 boxes!!! That’s how many care package we sent to troops serving in the Middle East at Christmastime.
1,400!!! That’s the grand total of care packages we’ve sent since the TallGrass Soldier Box Project began nine years ago.
Just numbers? Not really. The TallGrass Soldier Box Project represents the contributions of our management, our staff, our guests, and our community in a determined effort to let our troops know they are not forgotten. We send flat rate postal boxes bursting with personal care items, books, games, cooling neck wraps in the summer, pocket warmers in the winter and, most importantly, handwritten cards and letters. We do it twice a year – at holiday time and again at Mother’s Day/Father’s Day. The response we get rewards us -- with smiles and tears.
Here’s an excerpt from an email we recently received.
“I cannot begin to thank you for the support you provide us while we are overseas. You should see the faces of my sailors light up when they get items in the mail that they cannot get here. People like you who selflessly send items to deployed service members are amazing. It makes us remember who we are out here for and most of all it lets us know that our service and sacrifice is appreciated. – NJR, US Navy Expeditionary Security Forces
Now you can see why the Soldier Box Project has become the signature activity of our community outreach. It has taken on a life of its own and we are committed to keeping it alive, growing it every year, and continuing to involve our entire community.
But that’s not all. In 2018, we renewed our support for Mountain Resource Center children’s holiday party, Mountain Area Land Trust and Western Resource Advocates’ efforts on behalf of the environment, Evergreen Animal Protective League’s goal of finding forever homes for pets, and hundreds of non-profits requesting gifts for their silent auctions. In all, we raised and donated more than $20,000 and volunteered almost 3,000 hours.
Thanks to our guests, staff, and the community for supporting our efforts to help make the world a better place. You inspire us and we couldn’t do it without you.