Vice President Mike Pence encouraged Americans during a White House press briefing on Sunday to continue sending donations to churches, even as they close during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pence said Americans are responding to the coronavirus with "common sense, compassion, and generosity," and praised religious leaders and faith communities for their continued service.
"Making the hard choice to suspend services, to have online services, even while those ministries are continuing to support food banks and come alongside of the most vulnerable," Pence said. "...And of course the chorus of prayers that is coming up from communities of faith around the country is making the difference that it always has in the life of this nation."
President Trump and Pence promised to "remind people that on the weekends that you're not in the pews, it's still a good idea, if you can, to go ahead and make that donation," adding that "all the ministries are continuing to play a vital role in our communities and we encourage your continued support."