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EvenStart Annual Christmas Hamper Fund — 20 families need your help.

The EvenStart for Children Foundation, in partnership with the Heartland Agency, organize and supply hampers for over 150 families in need each Christmas season. These hampers go to families we know well, for they belong to the children who are registered in our education and treatment programs.

We know who has had a baby, whose household is undergoing trauma and distress, and whose children are in need. Our professional staff of psychologists, speech and occupational therapists, social workers, teachers, and assistants are in constant touch and visit these families regularly. That's how we know their holiday needs and wishes so well.

These families have needs which become even more pressing during the holidays when children's expectations for gifts and food overwhelm a solo parent, a single breadwinner, or an unemployed father or mom, who have empty pocket books and insurmountable family stresses. Learn more

Our Story

Nearly 20 years ago, our Founder, Ilona Boyce, saw that something more was needed for children from backgrounds of poverty and trauma. Young children, three, four, and five years old, who came from families challenged by neglect, abuse, or poverty, were left behind. These children were, on average, 70 to 90 per cent delayed in normal development. Living in a constant state of stress and fear, their brains were not receptive to learning, so they continued to fall behind. Left without help, these children wandered the school halls by Grade 3, their window of learning severely compromised.

In 1996, the doors of our first EvenStart program were opened in downtown Calgary. With a donated van, a small budget and more than a healthy dose of optimism, we began our journey to assist these children in understanding their value and realizing their potential.

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Our Children


Our children are three to five years old, from high-risk homes challenged by poverty and often attendant neglect, abuse, trauma, or domestic violence. Most children have experienced some form of childhood trauma.

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Donors can contribute through two "Streams of Giving".

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    1625 18th St. NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 4W2

    Phone: (403) 541-0277  Fax: (403) 541-0800