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‘Tis the Season to Give: Empty Stocking Fund Kicks-Off


“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags.

It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

-- Dr. Seuss from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

For a generation of kids, Dr. Seuss is synonymous with the holiday season. Around El Pomar Foundation, the end-of-year festivities mean something else: ESF time! The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund raises over $1 million every year to support 15 health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region.  The campaign is a true family affair around the Foundation. A team of Fellows works with The Gazette for months preparing for the effort, generating community partnerships and marketing opportunities. The Penrose House staff goes above and beyond to make sure that the venue is decked out for the ESF kick-off reception. Staff members kick in with volunteer shifts at events to benefit the fund and their own monetary donations. And through grants, El Pomar matches $1 for every $3 donated by the community. The campaign kicks off Thanksgiving Day and runs through January 11.

You can show your support in a number of ways:

  • Donate through our secure online site at
  • Text “stocking” to 50555 to make an immediate $10 donation
  • Participate in our many community events that benefit the Fund. You can shop, eat, ice skate and run to support ESF! Those opportunities and more are listed on our web site and facebook page (