Empty Stocking Fund: 35 years of giving
The Empty Stocking Fund started 35 years ago as a way to help children enjoy the holiday season by providing toys and clothes to families in need. In that first year, we raised approximately $40,000 and helped 27 families. Now, ESF supports partner agencies to reach almost 300,000 vulnerable people each year in the Colorado Springs area. The mission statement says it well, “Empty Stocking Fund sparks the giving spirit of the Pikes Peak Region to benefit local nonprofits serving neighbors in need.”
Twenty health and human service partner agencies will work with ESF this year to help the fund exceed the $1 million giving goal it has surpassed each of the past 10 years. Last year ESF raised the third-highest amount in the campaign’s history — $1,206,371 — with over $21 million raised since its founding year of 1984.
The funds raised go to partner agencies that supply everything from rent and utilities to warm meals, shelter, transitional housing, health screenings, education, referrals and so much more. These agencies work all year long to support people in crisis, while helping others achieve self-sufficiency.
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