Help our Community during COVID-19

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Be a Light in the Forest for our Community during the COVID-19 crisis.  Here is a list of ways to help, continuously updated by your ideas and local news.

  • Many of our local restaurants are still open, accepting your order for take-out and home delivery.  Please call them to inquire.
  • Beautiful, well-crafted and washable facemasks are being sewn by church member Christi Sutphen.  She sells these for $10 (and also donates many to local community groups).  Contact Christi at 612/209-0956. (Joanne wears a sample in her 4/24 Light from the Forest message.)
  • While non-essential businesses are closed, many are still operating through their Facebook page, website or even just a phone call.  Contact them to buy a springtime purse, gifts/cards, a reading lamp, etc.  But especially, encourage them.
  • James Nielsen and Bennett Bishop (Lettie Bennett's grandson), two juniors from Stevenson School, offer time and energy to shop for and deliver groceries and other needed items to senior citizens. They've created a website from which you can place your order. Deliveries are made on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The young men named their website, The Wenliang Initiative (click here), in memory of Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm on Covid-19.
  • Our Sunday Valet Parking Service is trying to keep their folks working.  Please consider them for special errands like taking your pet to the vet, picking up prescriptions, and more. Contact Steve Summers at or 831/760-0526 (cell and text)
  • Blood donations are urgently needed, but no local drives are immediately scheduled.  If you plan on visiting Mountain View, Menlo Park or Campbell, however, please consider donating at the Stanford Blood Centers located there.  Call to schedule: 888/723-7831
  • Church in the Forest has joined a consortium of local churches, organized to direct material and financial aid to those worthy organizations that serve the poor and homeless.  Love our Central Coast is led by Rolf and Peggy Johnsen's son, Eric.  Click here to see immediate needs.