The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXII
No. 6
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November/December
2006

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Wreaths Bless Homeschoolers

Last Christmas, the Home School Foundation and the Round Bough Wreath Company launched a unique partnership through which Round Bough donated a portion of its wreath sales to HSF’s Compassion Fund. These gifts allowed HSF to provide grants to homeschooling parents who were teaching special needs children, adjusting to widowhood, dealing with financial hardship, or responding to other difficult circumstances.

The partnership also enabled generous purchasers to surprise needy homeschooling families with donated wreaths. (HSF matched these wreaths with widows and single parents who had asked us for assistance the previous year.)

One grateful recipient describes how the simple gift of a Christmas wreath blessed her family:

God is so good. I appreciate you and all those involved very much. We are okay not having the traditional things that people normally have at Christmas, but I must admit they make it more special.

I asked my two girls what made Christmas special for them. The little things seemed to make the most difference, like a fire while we sipped on our tea and sang songs, or the aroma of the Christmas tree. The real meaning of Christmas was always celebrated in our home, but of course the other little things that make it special were always done as well until we weren't able to afford them.

When the wreath came, my girls started to cry. They said that they had acted like they didn’t care about having a Christmas tree because they knew it would burden my heart. But when they opened the wreath box, the smell of Christmas filled the air. They said it was one of the little things they missed so much. We hung it on the hearth, so the aroma filled the air.

Thank you so much, once again. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you all.

God Bless You,
M.H., Norco, CA

During this Christmas season, consider buying a wreath for yourself or a friend and sharing a wreath with a family in need. It’s a simple but beautiful gift of love.

From the Director

Chuck Hurst

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16; New American Standard Bible).

You’ve probably noticed that people who have little of this world’s wealth are quite open to recognizing spiritual reality and seeing God’s hand at work in their lives.

We receive many notes from those we’ve helped, exclaiming how grateful they are to God for His provision through the Home School Foundation. Such credit being given to God is exactly what we strive to accomplish—we know we’re in the right place when we’re out of the way!

Those who donate to HSF seem to feel the same way—they don’t want to be publicly recognized. Their desire is to deflect praise to God. We understand their feeling and will continue to partner with our donors in quietly staying out of the limelight.

May the Lord bless your family this Christmas season as you selflessly serve others.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director

For more details on how you can help, please call HSF at 540-338-8899, visit www.homeschoolfoundation.org, or email info@homeschoolfoundation.org.