The rising coronavirus pandemic is not happy news, but that doesn’t stop communities from bringing a little light in the darkness.

Faculty and staff at Rolling Hills Covenant Church on the Palos Verdes Peninsula collected grocery and cash donations from members of the congregation to help assist senior community members and those at-risk for coronavirus Friday, March 20.

While worship services and preschool classes have been canceled at the church, some staff remained to deep clean pews, benches and toys but a small side project also began amid the chaos. Wednesday evening the church sent out a message urging residents with extra groceries or money to donate to aid those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff members stood outside the church’s entrance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday as residents drove through to drop off supplies. They were told to remain in the car to prevent unnecessary contact. After Friday the staff will be required to stay home from work so donation collections will not continue.

There were also folders with games and activities being handed out for children to help with the boredom of being at home.

“We sent the call out Wednesday evening and the next two days we’ve just been collecting donations from our congregation,” Director of Local Outreach Marcia Trani said. “We’ve collected a little more than 500 bags for donation.”

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