I wasn't sure where to post this.
Does anyone have experience with requesting holiday assistance through an organization, such as Marine Toys for Tots, while being a homeschooler? A friend of mine has homeschooled their children their whole lives. Her family wasn't flush financially, but they were getting by. Over the summer, her husband lost his job. He has been doing odd jobs while looking for permanent employment, but hasn't been able to find anything. Our county has a really high employment rate. After looking at his lack of options, he decided to enlist in the National Guard. He was supposed to leave after Christmas, but now he may be leaving before Thanksgiving. The kids aren't going to have him home for the holidays, and I didn't want them to go without gifts as well. I contacted our local Toys for Tots coordinator, to see if I could get the kids some toys for the holidays. I was told that I need to contact the school the children attend, as toys are distributed through the schools here, and that if their school was not participating, that I should e-mail the coordinator back, and she could refer me to a program outside of the schools. So I e-mailed back that their school was not participating (as homeschools are private schools in my state, and this is true) and I asked for the information for the program that was being run outside of the schools. I was told that my friend's information had been forwarded on to the program coordinator. And now it is 2 weeks later, and my friend hasn't heard from them. My friend does not have computer access, so I followed up with the coordinator today, and got an e-mail back that said, "What school do the children attend???" I am hesitant to e-mail the coordinator back, because I don't want my friend to have any problems. Am I being silly? Should I just e-mail back that they are homeschoolers? What would you do?