Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2021

Contact: Denise Robert, (O) 303-368-5208 / (C) 303-570-7577

Media Advisory / Photo Op

TallGrass Spa and Salon supports homeless vets with Soldier Bag Project 

String backpacks filled with essential items homeless vets can use 

Goal of 100 backpacks tripled to 300 thanks to community support

Thursday, Nov 11 - Sorting Day
Friday, Nov 12 – Packing Day

TallGrass Spa and Salon in Evergreen initiated a Veterans Day project to collect and distribute essential items to homeless vets

Volunteers and donors from Evergreen and metro Denver communities rallied in support

Thurs, Nov 11 Veterans Day – starting at 5:00 p.m. – volunteers gather to sort donated items, ready for next day assembly into string backpacks

Fri, Nov 12 – starting at 9:00 a.m. - volunteers regroup to stuff string backpacks  

The Wild Game Experience, 1204 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen

During the past month, individuals and groups collected donations of essential items homeless vets can use and delivered them to Evergreen's Wild Game Experience.

Hundreds of items arrived in cartons, shrink-wrapped, on pallets. Cash contributions were received.

Service clubs, residents of an assisted living facility, a variety of high school groups, and a service group of developmentally disabled adults, along with individuals from Evergreen and metro Denver communities shopped, boxed, and delivered personal care items to Wild Game.

The donations will be sorted and packed into 300 string backpacks for distribution to homeless vets in metro Denver and along the front range.

Items include face masks, hand sanitizer, soap, combs, aspirin, hand and feet warmers, bottles of water, and underwear.

The filled backpacks go to Volunteers of America's Bill Daniels Veteran Service Center in Denver for distribution to homeless vets by the Center's case managers.

Special guests attending Sorting Day and Packing Day include representatives of the Rotary, Kiwanis and Elks Clubs and high school students who participated in the project.  

About the TallGrass Soldier Bag Project:
In a program that began eleven years ago, TallGrass organized support for military members through its Soldier Box Project by collecting, assembling, and shipping boxes of personal care items to troops overseas. Over the life of the program, more than a thousand care packages were shipped. Now, however, with the Afghanistan troop withdrawal, the program has shifted to a Soldier Bag Project for homeless vets. It coincides with Veterans Day, Nov 11.

"It's important to connect with our service members any way we can," says TallGrass owner Gail Sharp. "We want to recognize everyone who served. Just because they are back home, doesn't mean our thanks are done."