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The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund has played “Santa” to families in the Pikes Peak region since 1984. The Fund’s initial goal was to help local families in need by filling their Christmas stockings with toys, clothing and other items during the holiday season.
Now in its thirty-second year, the Empty Stocking Fund doesn’t actually fill stockings, but provides resources for local health-and-human-service agencies in the Colorado Springs area. Each of these agencies specifically assists individuals and families in times of crisis with the intent of enabling them to achieve self-sufficiency.
During its inaugural year, the Empty Stocking Fund raised more than $40,000 in cash and goods to support 27 local families; the following year, it was able to assist 36 families. A heartfelt Colorado Springs community collaboration, the success of the Empty Stocking Fund is due in part to the partnership between Gazette Charities and the El Pomar and Bruni foundations. “The Empty Stocking Fund continues to provide over $1 million per year directly to 20 local charities,” said Dan Steever, president and publisher of The Gazette.
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