This week, Americans around the world took notice of Veterans Day and celebrated the sacrifices of current military and veterans alike. The spa community saluted their brave service too. TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon (Evergreen, CO) is collecting personal care products and sending care packages to troops in Afghanistan to celebrate its 20th anniversary and their heroism. Through the Soldier Box Project, now in its seventh year, the spa hopes to ship at least 100 care packages to troops in Afghanistan this holiday season. As a bonus, this week Tallgrass is offering complimentary spa services to military women. “This is a labor of love for us at TallGrass. We are so proud of our troops and so glad to help get everyone involved in saying ‘Thank you for your service,’” says TallGrass owner Gail Ridings.
Contributions of toiletries, paperback books, baseball caps, games, personal notes, and holiday cards can be brought to TallGrass or to any of the designated drop-off locations in Evergreen and Denver. Donations of cash to help cover shipping costs for the flat rate postal boxes are also welcome. A complete list of donation options and information is available here: www.tallgrassspa.com/soldier-box-project/.
Response from military personnel to the TallGrass effort has been heartwarming as troops send letters and emails expressing their thanks. “We even get phone calls from Afghanistan,” says Ridings. “Soldiers tell us the most appreciated items in the boxes are personal notes and cards. So, we want to encourage everyone to get busy and start writing.”