Empty Stocking Fund
In 1984, The Gazette established the Empty Stocking Fund with the ultimate goal of filling empty stockings with Christmas toys, clothing, and other items for families in need during the holiday season.
At this time, The Gazette raised over $40,000, in cash and goods, which assisted a total of 27 families in need. The first official campaign, in 1985, assisted 36 families.
Since 1997, The Gazette and El Pomar Foundation have partnered in raising money for the Empty Stocking Fund. El Pomar matches $1 for every $3 raised, up to $200,000. In 2000, the Bruni Foundation joined the partnership, matching $1 for every $10 raised, up to $70,000. All of the administration fees of the Fund are covered, meaning 100% of the funds raised go directly to the Fund to support those in need.
While no longer filling stockings, the 31st annual Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund provides resources for 20 local health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region (see list below or here). Each agency uniquely assists individuals and families in times of crisis with the intent to help them attain self-sufficiency. Over the past eight years, the fund has raised over $1 million dollars annually! Nearly $16 million has been raised since the Fund’s inception.
American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter
Care and Share Food Bank
Catholic Charities/Marian House
Ecumenical Social Ministries
Griffith Centers for Children, Chins Up Youth & Family Services
Home Front Cares
Lutheran Family Services
Partners In Housing
Peak Vista Community Health Centers
REACH Pikes Peak
The Resource Exchange
The Salvation Army
Silver Key Senior Services
Southeast Family Center Armed Services YMCA
Tri- Lakes CARES
Empty Stocking Fund Nostalgia