COVID-19 charitable response summary
LCO, March 2020 – February 2023
In March 2020, Sant Baljit Singh Ji motivated Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) to initiate COVID-19 relief efforts as soon as the World Health Organization declared the worldwide outbreak as a pandemic. Sant Baljit Singh Ji emphasized that especially during crisis situations, it is vital to serve those in need and that we should expand our charitable efforts. He said: “People need help. We have to go out there and help, and do it responsibly.” We were moved and immediately started to make calls to soup kitchens and food pantries to offer our help.
And thus began the journey of LCO’s COVID-19 charitable response in collaboration with the local charities in Douglas County, Oregon. The unprecedented difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown over and over again how essential it is to serve those in need. Over the past 3 years, Lighthouse Center Bakery has been the homebase from which LCO has been running the COVID-19 charitable response. The local charities that LCO donates to have been inspirational to collaborate with as they tirelessly serve the community with humanity.
Throughout COVID-19, LCO made and donated fresh, wholesome, homemade food
2-lb bread loaves
pints of soup
Our stories below share glimpses of the heartwaming connection and camaraderie that LCO has experienced working alongside these local charities during this incredible journey.
Helping local food pantries and community kitchens
LCO, January – June 2021 In March 2020, Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) shifted gears with a COVID-19 response charity project to support food pantries and homeless shelters. Read more in our blog post Switching focus for COVID-19 response. Since then LCO has continued...
LCO continues Covid-19 charitable activities after LCB reopens
LCO, July 2020 Four months ago Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) activated its Covid-19 charitable operations. Lighthouse Center Bakery (LCB) had decided to temporarily close as a precaution due to the pandemic. The bakery then offered the use of its facilities for LCO's...
Extending LCO Covid-19 charity network
LCO, May 2020 Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) started its Covid-19 Charity Project by helping two food pantries and one soup kitchen in Roseburg. We shared that exciting journey in our post Donating to food pantries during Covid-19. LCO didn't stop there. Inspired by...
Donating to food pantries during COVID-19
LCO, April 2020 When Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) decided to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, our first connection was with Roseburg's Fish Food Pantry, the biggest food pantry in Douglas County, Oregon. They told us that bread and other food items were already in...
Homemade with love for COVID-19 response
LCO, March 2020 Lighthouse Center Oregon (LCO) volunteers are wholeheartedly responding to the opportunity to serve those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commercial kitchen at the Lighthouse Center Bakery (LCB) has been transformed into a hive of charity...
Switching focus for COVID-19 response
LCO, March 2020 In early March, as concerns grew over the COVID-19 outbreak, Lighthouse Center Bakery (LCB) decided to temporarily close the bakery and café to avoid risk exposure to customers and crew. A week later, Oregon declared a state of emergency as the...