The Bill Daniels Veteran Services Center, run by Volunteers of America Colorado Branch, is a "one stop" location for veterans experiencing homelessness to easily access multiple services. Right now we need help with non-perishable food and hygiene items.
Suggestions for canned food or non-perishable items:
Pop-top cans are preferred as many homeless individuals might not have a can opener. Protein is the most desirable item (tuna, peanut butter, soup, chili, canned ravioli/spaghetti)-especially things that don't need to be prepared, but can simply be opened and eaten, but other protein items like beans with which to make chili are good, too.
Items that can be prepared and eaten in the container like individual mac and cheese or cup of noodles are also very desirable.
Easily portable and individually wrapped items are appreciated like protein bars, granola bars, crackers, and individual servings of applesauce or fruit.
Of course, we serve people who are housed and have cooking facilities as well, so items that require preparation are acceptable. Popular items are things like pasta and sauce, boxed mac and cheese, canned fruit, cereal.
Suggestions for hygiene/personal items:
Small travel-sized items are best. Regular sized items are unwieldy if you are carrying all of your belongings around with you, but we do serve people who are housed who can use them.
Shampoo, conditioner, soap (or body wash), toothpaste and toothbrushes are in great demand.
Items that are in demand that we rarely get: feminine hygiene items, lotion, sunscreen, washcloths, combs and brushes. (we can NOT accept or give out razors).