Alternative Gift Opportunities (AGO)

November 28, December 5, December 12

Trinity hosts its annual Alternative Gift Opportunities (AGO) event! You have the opportunity to provide friends and family with the gift of a donation in their name to one of our local and/or global ministry partners helping to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the full brochure, click here or read about the participating ministries below. For each donation, you will receive a colorful, informative card to gift each recipient that explains the mission you've picked for them. 

Click here for a fillable Excel order form.

Click here for a pdf order form to print and fill out manually. 

There are 3 choices for getting your form to us:

1) Email it to

2) Mail it to Trinity or drop it off into Trinity's exterior mailbox located on the church patio. It must be labeled "Attn: AGO" and received by December 12. 

3) Call Mike Garoutte (650-867-5717) or Pam Tenn (650-591-7007), and they will fill out a form for you. 

Two Payment Choices: 

1) Mail a check to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Attn: AGO. 1106 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Carlos, CA  94070.

2) Credit Card Payment can be made here. A 3% non-refundable credit card service fee needs to be added to your total. 


  • The Stoschers (in albania)

    Crossroads (Mark and Ruthie Stoscher, Erseka, Albania) includes a flourishing church, Torchbearers Bible School, Summer Camps for nearly two thousand at-risk and disabled youth from all over Albania, the Foleza program for at-risk children in the local community, and the House of Hope residential program for ten children who live with the Stoschers. A donation to the Stoschers will support these programs.


    GAIA works in impoverished Malawian villages, to provide basic health services in communities affected by HIV, AIDS, TB, and malaria. Covid response teams operating from GAIA’s Mobile Health Clinics educate rural communities on hygiene, social distancing, and other pandemic prevention steps. Donations to GAIA will be used toward community health programs including HIV testing and education, nursing education, and mobile health clinics. To learn more about GAIA on their website click here


    In times of disaster, MAF’s large fleet of planes and helicopters transport aid workers, medical teams, missionaries, food, and supplies to some of the hardest hit and remotest areas of the world. Their work was needed more than ever as Covid spread in the world. Donations to MAF will be dedicated to MAF’s “Medical Assistance and Health Care Fund”. To learn more about MAF on their website click here

  • World Vision

    World Vision is a global Christian organization that improves the lives of children through education, community, and health initiatives. Covid relief programs help protect vulnerable children from hunger, violence, and neglect by providing food and educational support. Donations will be directed to their “Corona Virus International Response Fund”. To learn more about World Vision on their website click here

  • LUEC (Latinos unidos en cristo)

    Latinos Unidos en Cristo (LUEC) is one of Trinity’s longest-running ministry partners. This small, mostly Hispanic, church in San Mateo and their companion church, First Brazilian Presbyterian (IBP), have been hit hard by the pandemic and its subsequent economic slowdown. LUEC’s Food Bank provides needed groceries to their congregation, IBP, San Mateo County residents, and three East Bay Hispanic congregations each week – about 900 people. To support those in our community who are experiencing food insecurity, donations will be used to purchase food for LUEC’s Food Bank. To learn more about LUEC on their website click here

  • Street Life Ministry (street church)

    Street Church provides hot meals and hope to many who are living on the street in Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto. They also provide clothing, sleeping bags, and most of all, love. Street Church works to get people off the street and into rehabilitation and permanent housing. Street Church uses donations for needed items such as sleeping bags, socks, underwear, warm gloves, and healthy meals. To learn more about Street Live Ministry on their website click here.

  • redwood high school

    Redwood is the continuation high school for the Sequoia Union High School District in Redwood City. When a student is not on track to graduate, Redwood steps in with a smaller school and personalized instruction. The school doesn’t have the parental support of other high schools. To support at-risk students, donations will be used to purchase gift cards for basic student needs and school supplies (as determined by the vice-principal.) To learn more about Redwood High School on their website click here

  • Hope House

    For 31 years, Hope House has been helping women who suffer from substance abuse. As a residential treatment program, Hope House can serve up to 16 women. Four beds are reserved for pregnant women so their children can be born healthy and drug free. To support these at-risk women, donations will fund counseling, continuing education, on-site 12 Step meetings, job skills and parenting classes, and more, while teaching valuable skills for living healthy, clean, and sober lives.

    To learn more about Hope House on their website click here