The Heartland Agency &
The EvenStart for
Children Foundation


What This Campaign Is All About !

Dear Donors:

Each year, we are gratified by your response to our call for support during our Annual Family Hamper Drive.

We organize to supply hampers for approximately 100 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 the neediest. 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 celebratory food overwhelm a solo parent, a single breadwinner, or an unemployed father or mom, who have empty pocket books and insurmountable family stresses.

Donated Toys, candies, gifts, along with the vital personal and household items you provided, bring great joy and make life differences for children who expect and will not be disappointed in Santa's visit this year!


We pick up your hampers and deliver them to the families whom you sponsor. We manage to deliver most of the hampers before their children are home from school; on occasion the young ones are there and are jumping up and down with sheer excitement--wide-eyed and delighted. Well aware of their impending arrival, often a parent or guardian stands on a door step or house take pictures to share with the families; others may have been too shy, but ask us to give you a card or note to express their gratitude. These are mailed to you in the New Year.

Parents hug us, and want us to tell you of their great thanks for giving their children a 'normal' Christmas morning.

The impact of this generosity lasts many families well into the New Year.

But we're never done! Our organization continues throughout the year, to provide families with money to pay a utility bill before services are cut, or to buy diapers, or a bus pass or pay a grocery bill. We do this all year long since we are on top of family circumstances and therefore often able to react quickly. We provide this help as a continuum of our mandate to help these youngsters. When we help their families, we help the children.

Such generosity guarantees for you, that the New Year will bring riches for both heart and soul.

Please help us again this holiday season .