Alternative Gift Opportunities (AGO)

December 3-11, 2020

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 to print the order form. There are 3 options to place your order. 

1) By mail/drop-off with check payment - mail or drop-off your completed order form along with a check written to Trinity Presbyterian Church. Address the envelope ATTN: AGO. The envelope must be received no later than Dec 11. To drop-off your envelope, place it in the secure exterior black wall mounted mailbox located at the church patio to the right of the church office doors.

2) By email and credit card payment - Email your completed order form to Debby Brown at To pay by credit card, click here. A 3% non-refundable credit card convenience fee is required for the total amount of the transaction. You may also mail or drop-off your order form after you have paid by credit card by following the instructions above. 

3) By phone order -  Call Mike Garoutte at 650-867-5717 or Pam Tenn at 650-591-7007 to assist with filling out an order form. 

  • Amor Ministries

    Amor organizes trips for volunteers to build houses in Mexico and supports 5 food banks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amor could not host so building stopped. In early November, the Mexican government authorized Amor to build again using their own staff. To support construction and food insecurity, donations will be used to build homes for those in need in Mexico as well as support Amor's five food banks. For more information about Amor Ministries click here.


    GAIA works in impoverished Malawian villages, to provide basic health services in communities affected by HIV, AIDS, TB, and malaria. COVID-19 response teams operating from GAIA’s Mobile Health Clinics educate rural communities on hygiene, social distancing, and other pandemic prevention steps. To support GAIA's work, donations will be used toward community health programs including HIV testing and education, nursing education, and mobile health clinics. For more information about GAIA 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 COVID-19 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. For more information about LUEC 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-19 spread in the world. To support aviation ministry, donations will be dedicated to MAF's "Medical Assistance and Health Care Fund." For more information about MAF click here

  • Puente Ministries

    For 20 years, Puente Ministries has been serving farm workers and low-income families on the San Mateo coast. Their “safety net” approach includes food distribution, financial assistance to pay rent & utilities, immigration/legal services, adult education, and other programs. Dealing with both COVID-19 and the CZU wildfire evacuations this year, Puente’s need for services doubled, and the holidays are upon us. Additionally, undocumented immigrants and mixed-status families were excluded from the CARES Act benefits. To support struggling farm workers and low-income families, donations will be used to purchase food, provide financial assistance, and sustain ongoing programs. For more information about Puente Ministries click here.

  • Second harvest food bank

    Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is committed to doing whatever it takes to build a hunger-free community. In a time of prolonged uncertainty, they continue to provide regular access to nutritious food. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Second Harvest has been providing food to about 500,000 people every month - double the amount they served before the pandemic. To support those experiencing food insecurity, donations will be used to purchase food which will be distributed through Second Harvest’s 310 nonprofit partner agencies and their Food Connection program. For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank click here

  • Siena yOUTH Center

    The Siena Youth Center is positively impacting the lives of at-risk, low-income Redwood City youth by promoting them, even during the pandemic, to live healthy and active lifestyles and to create lifelong friendships and mentorships. Under the umbrella of St. Francis Center, Siena provides an after-school safe place with both Zoom and in-person hybrid academic enrichment, tutoring, physical activities, & leadership training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Siena’s after-school program charge is being waived. To support these youth, donations will be used to cover staff expenses, in-person co-hort supplies, sanitizing supplies, and Siena’s youth leadership programs. For more information about Siena Youth Center click here


  • World Vision

    World Vision is a global Christian organization that improves the lives of children through child sponsorships which support education, community, and health initiatives. COVID-19 relief programs help protect vulnerable children from hunger, violence, and neglect by providing food and educational support, and more. To support children, donations will be directed to World Vision's "Coronavirus International Response Fund". For more information about World Vision click here