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  • Empty Stocking Fund: REACH Pikes Peak helps single mom excel

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Shellonda Reeves moved from North Carolina to Colorado Springs looking for a change and a clean start. "Sometimes people's paths catch up with them," she said....

  • Colorado Springs native to head Catholic Charities

    A Colorado Springs native has been tabbed to lead Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. Andy Barton was named the nonprofit's new president and chief executive, a role he will assume on Jan. 12, according to the organization. He replaces Mark Rohlena, who left this year to become the director of the Office of Domestic Social Development of...

  • Annual gift giveaway to be held Saturday

    A venerable giveaway spanning more than three decades and helping thousands of children each holiday season will return this year, five days before Christmas. The giveaway began in 1983 and has since ballooned into an hours-long spectacle helping thousands of people each year. Upon entering the event, children ages newborn to 17 are allowed...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Catholic Charities helps single mom bridge gaps

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Victoria Stone became a single mom when she was 20. "All I had was a high school education," she said. She moved around, using government-subsidized housing when...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Salvation Army helps couple get back on its feet

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Three years ago, Melissa and her husband, David, lost good jobs because of the economy. "We were making very, very good money," she said. "Once you don't have an...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Woman on fixed income gets hand up from Tri-Lakes Cares

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Anne Krill had a job she adored when medical issues caused her to retire. She underwent surgery for hip replacement, and about six weeks later a blood clot led to...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: From homeless teen to teacher with helping hand from Urban Peak

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. When Evelyn Cruzat was 17 years old, she didn't have any place to go. She had been in and out of foster care and eventually reached an age where she was no longer...

  • Colorado Springs woman: When bad things happen - sometimes miracles do, too

    Miracles can come in many forms. Just ask LaDonna Robertson. The 53-year-old Colorado Springs resident lost her job this year after struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome. On the fifth anniversary of her mother's death in July, Robertson was diagnosed with breast cancer. A week before Thanksgiving, the 20-year-old furnace in her Colorado...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Mercy's Gate helps couple through setbacks caused by injuries

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Kristianna Anderson was in a car wreck last year that left her with a brain injury. Her car accelerated in a parking lot and went zero to 50 mph in about 3...

  • Coats 4 Canines helps care for pets of the homeless

    About a year ago, Vicki Gramm and her husband stopped by the Kmart on Nevada Avenue to buy office supplies to donate to a nonprofit animal rescue group. On her way into the store, Gramm noticed a man and two large-breed dogs hunkered down in the bitter cold. "You could tell he was transient and pretty much carrying his life in his backpack,"...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Dec. 14, 2014

    Music/Drama Sunday Vocal Fusion Christmas Concert - 3 p.m., St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave.; 634-7046. Christmas Concert - With the Little London Winds, 6:30-8 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 4925 Farmingdale Drive; 201-7713, littlelondonwinds.org. Sunday, Saturday and Dec. 21 "The Gift" - Ballet Emmanuel,...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Home Front Cares helps abandoned military wife

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Last year, Alexis' husband of three years left her without saying anything. He had been kicked out of the Army, and then left. At the time, her son was 6 months...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Pueblo family grateful for help after losing home in fire

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Arriving home from work one day in May 2013, Sara Davil headed upstairs to take a shower. Her husband, Alex, and their three children were out for the day and she...

  • Lemon Challenge will make your face pucker - and do some good

    When life gives you lemons, take a bite. It can help hungry school kids. You remember the trendy challenge this summer where donors raised money for ALS research by getting doused with ice cubes. Now comes the Lemon Challenge. Twenty-five Ace Hardware stores in Colorado, including two locally, are asking people to give their taste buds a...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Urban Peak helps homeless teen with housing, job

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Jason Ellis was just out of high school when he found himself homeless. He was 18 and didn't have a job or a place to go. After hearing about the agency through...

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