Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2022

Contact: Denise Robert
Office 303-368-5208 / cell 303-570-7577

TallGrass Spa and Salon supports homeless veterans

Collects essential items in string backpacks
For distribution to local homeless vets

Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, bars of soap, face masks, combs, razors, and small tubes of shave cream. These items and more are being collected by TallGrass Spa and Salon in Evergreen, Colorado, for distribution to homeless vets, as the spa launches its 2nd Annual Soldier Bags Project.

Now through Veterans Day, November 11, the campaign aims to collect much-needed items and assemble them into string backpacks for veterans experiencing homelessness in the metro Denver area and along the Front Range. Supplies vets can use include bottled water, hand and foot warmers, small or medium size men's underwear, lip balm, stick deodorant, and toothpaste and brush packs. (Socks are not needed.)

"Last year, we set a goal of 100 backpacks," says Gail Sharp, TallGrass owner. "Then, we four-times'd it!" A generous community response helped amass enough items to fill more than 400 backpacks which were then distributed to homeless vets by caseworkers at Volunteers of America's Bill Daniels Veteran Service Center in Denver.

Ms. Sharp encourages donors to include notes of appreciation to thank vets for their service. "A handwritten card or note to let them know they are not forgotten is perhaps the most important item of all," she says. The messages along with the donated items may be dropped off at TallGrass Spa at 997 Upper Bear Creek Road or Wild Game Entertainment at 1204 Bergen Parkway, both are located in Evergreen. Donations are being accepted now through November 10, and backpacks will be assembled by TallGrass staff and volunteers the following day.

For more information, please contact TallGrass Spa and Salon at 303-670-4444.

About Homeless Vets
Veterans Data Central reports there are 1,044 homeless vets in Colorado, 650 of them in metro Denver. And, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless describes veterans as being overrepresented among the homeless population, with homeless veterans tending to be male (91%), single (98%), live in a city (76%), and have a mental and/or physical disability (54%).

About TallGrass Spa and Salon

With a philanthropic program that is widely recognized, TallGrass is committed to giving back to the community it serves. It is a full-service spa and salon offering massage, skin care, body, nail, and hair services, along with catered lunches and boutique shopping. TallGrass is located in a peaceful mountain meadow beneath majestic Mt. Evans in the Colorado foothills about 45 minutes from downtown Denver, where it is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year. For more information, please visit TallGrass Spa.