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  • By Elaine Brelsford
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Boys Home Celebrates Giving Tuesday!

You’ve heard of Black Friday, and possibly Cyber Monday. But have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday provides a platform that inspires the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local challenges. Giving Tuesday engages nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, corporations, families, and individuals to start the holiday season in the spirit of generosity. In its seventh year, Giving Tuesday is popular and growing in more than 150 countries. 

Our community is invited to start the holiday season off right by giving to Boys Home! All Giving Tuesday donations will support our Accelerated Reading program, which encourages students to read using individualized goals, reading comprehension quizzes, and a variety of prizes. This year, the Accelerated Reading program has been expanded to include all Boys Home students.  

On November 26th and 27th, Boys Home is celebrating Giving Tuesday in a special way! Students and staff will kick off the holiday season with two days of emphasis on kindness and generosity. You are invited to join us by sharing how you are spreading kindness and generosity in your own lives. 

For more details, take a look at our Facebook page on 11/26 and 11/27. 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)

Highest achievers in Accelerated Reading and their prizes!
Make your Giving Tuesday donation here!

 

  • By Sarah Jones
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  • Activities, News

Boys visit Country Club of Virginia

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Back in January, our guys had the privilege of visiting the Country Club of Virginia and touring their culinary facilities, arranged by Boys Home Board Member Mr. Len Slater. The boys spent the day at the Country Club of Virginia, eating lunch and learning about career paths in culinary arts.

The Country Club of Virginia wrote a great article about the visit. You can find the article by CLICKING HERE.

  • By Sarah Jones
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Sequoia’s Mission Trip to Belize

Photo courtesy of St. John's Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, VA.
Photo courtesy of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, VA.

In the summer of 2015, Boys Home resident Sequoia went on a mission trip to Belize with St. John’s and St. Paul’s Episcopal Churches of Lynchburg, VA. The group tracked their travels on Facebook- CLICK HERE to see photos and videos of their trip. Sequoia tells about the mission trip below.  Enjoy!

Sometime in the middle of spring (2015) on a random day, Mr. Wheatley walks up to me and asks me,” Sequoia what do you think of Belize?” I told him, “What about it?” He answered,” Want to go there?” I replied, “Yes sir, I would love to go but where is it? And what would I be doing there?” He told me, “It’s right under Mexico, and you would be doing mission work down there.” “Wow!!!” I couldn’t believe I was going out of country to a place I’d never been. I was excited about it. The only thing that was the slightest issue was getting my passport so I could go. It took a while but eventually we got all in order and sure enough I was in Charlotte North Carolina with all my bags of stuff next to the crowd of strangers I would be departing with. It was really funny when I went to all the trip planning meetings I didn’t know anyone, they kind of ignored me and I did the same to them. They didn’t talk to me, I didn’t talk to them it was awkward if anything everyone else knew each other and all went to the same High School in Lynchburg.
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  • By Sarah Jones
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What do Christmas trees and boys have in common?

tree standWhat do Christmas trees and boys have in common? Click HERE to read a great article from The News Virginian in Waynesboro, VA about our tree farm in West Augusta, VA. The tree farm is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am-4pm through December 20. We hope to see you there!

An article published a few years ago the Roanoke Times website describes the connection between nurturing Christmas trees and boys in need of change. Read the full article here.

WHSV-3 from Harrisonburg, VA, ran a great report on the tree farm in 2015 titled, “Youth Build Skills at Christmas Tree Farm.” For video of the full report, click here.

Click here for more information about our tree farm.