Updated: June 07, 2021 06:21 PM
Created: June 07, 2021 05:16 PM
12% of proceeds from each bag sold will go to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, or MACV for short.
Paul Pedersen, MACV North Senior Case Manager, said this money will help fund a number of their services, including providing veterans with food, mental health support and housing, so that no one will go untaken care of.
“Our mission is to end veteran homelessness. We're fighting the good fight to try and end it in Minnesota. Specifically, St. Louis County,” Pedersen said.
As of Monday, Pedersen said there were 15 homeless veterans in St. Louis County. He is hopeful that money from Duluth Pack and Operation Hat Trick's new bags will help get those veterans in permanent homes.
“Every penny that we can get from any resource is going to allow us to do more for those veterans that are in need immediately,” Pedersen said.
Ryan Hanson, Outside Sales and Corporate Dealers Manager at Duluth Pack, said they were thrilled to help with the cause.
“To be able to have locally made, USA made bags being sold to help support local vets is an absolutely fantastic thing for us,” Hanson said.
The bags will look like a typical Duluth Pack bag, but, they will have Operation Hat Trick's logo. Hanson said they will come in a variety of styles.
“The bags will be everything from our top shooting sports products, to some of our top lifestyle products to some of our top backpacks, duffels, other pieces,” Hanson said.
The proceeds from the bags will come after the pandemic was especially hard on homeless veterans. Pedersen hopes to see the money help continue MACV’s efforts to support them during this difficult time.
“A lot of the shelters had to put them in hotels or ask for us to help with hotel costs. That's not something we've normally done, so hotels are really expensive and we spent a lot of money on that, but it was worth it,” Hanson said. “We want to get them into shelter and into housing.”
More information about the new bags can be found here.