The treasure hunt for southern Colorado’s Empty Stocking Fund is back for a second year.
In 2016, the organization exceeded its goal of raising $1 million and hopes this year it will raise even more.
All day, the old Ivy Wild School has been filled with hundreds of envelopes containing prizes from local restaurants and businesses.
A $10 donation gets you an envelope with a prize off the wall and donations at higher dollar amounts allow you to choose from even bigger prizes.
“My favorite term you can be selfishly virtuous. You can get a prize while also donating. It’s a cool way to be involved with a charity while also getting something to take home for yourself,” said John Eddy, with John Eddy productions, a partner for the Empty Stocking Fund.
All donations go to the Empty Stocking Fund, which benefits 20 nonprofit organizations in the Pikes Peak Region.
“It addresses really powerful issues like homelessness, and food insecurity. By supporting the Empty Stocking Fund you support agencies that are out there on the front lines that are really making a difference in our community,” said Ryan Burton, a fellow with the El Pomar Foundation and the Empty Stocking Campaign.
The organizations the Empty Stocking Fund benefits are:
■ American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado
■ Care and Share Food Bank
■ Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
■ CPCD…Giving Children a Head Start
■ Ecumenical Social Ministries
■ Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up
■ The Home Front Cares
■ Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
■ Mercy’s Gate
■ Partners In Housing
■ Peak Vista Community Health Centers
■ Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
■ The Salvation Army of El Paso County
■ Silver Key Senior Services
■ The Resource Exchange
■ Tri-Lakes Cares
■ Urban Peak
■ Westside CARES
■ YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region