2012 Holiday Opportunities

5500number of bags of bags distributed on Grocery Bag Giveaway

Together, we celebrate the Holiday Season by spreading hope and love. Join us and brighten up your holidays by bringing light to others. #poweredbyLOVE

GLIDE kicks off with Thanksgiving feasts and celebrations: donations, volunteers, turkeys and toys are urgently needed for those who will struggle through another holiday season filled with uncertainty. Once again, GLIDE will help meet that need by providing thousands of free meals, including Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and provide grocery bags and toys to those in need.  To support this annual effort and ensure that no one gets turned away, GLIDE recruits thousands of volunteers and accepts donations of money, toys and food – especially turkeys.

View 2012 Holidays Opportunites below. 

Starting on November 1st, 2012 9am, you can sign up to volunteer over the holidays on our meals calendar. See the meals calendar here. If our volunteer needs on a particular Holiday have already been met, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day.






Thanksgiving Meals

Wednesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Prep Day. Put on your apron and come to GLIDE to help chop, dice, mix and slice in prepartion for our Annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.


  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Prep Shift
Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Meals. Join us in serving thousands of complete Thanksgiving meals with all the fixins' to thousands of individuals and families.


  • 6:00am - 9:00am, Breakfast
  • 8:30am - 10:00am, Dinner Service & Carving
  • 9:30am - 11:30am, Dinner Service & Carving
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm, Dinner Service & Carving
  • 12:30pm - 3:00pm, Dinner Service & Carving
Friday, November 23

Day After Thanksgiving. Keep the Holiday spirit going-your help is needed on this day! 

  • 7:00am - 9:30am, Breakfast

 Click HERE to check availability and schedule shift.









Grocery Bag Giveaway*

Wednesday, December 19

GLIDE will give away 5,000 bags full of groceries to individuals and families this year.  Join hundreds of volunteers, including Gap Inc., Central Payment, and Spot On employees who have already committed to help fill the bags and distribute them to those in need.


  • 6:00am - 9:00am, First Shift
  • 8:30am - 10:30am, Second Shift
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm, Third Shift

*Please Note: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old for this event

**Cantonese and/or Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed on this day.

Click HERE to check availability and schedule shifts.











Toy Sort & Toy Giveaway*

Mon., December 17 - Friday, December 21

Toy Sort. Join us in sorting donated toys in prepartion for GLIDE's Toy Bag Giveaway Day on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Toy Sort Shifts 01 - 06 occur at St. Mary's Cathedral, located at Gough and Geary Streets. Final Toy Sort Shift 07 occurs at GLIDE.


  • Mon., Dec. 17, 2:00pm - 6:00pm, Shift 01
  • Mon., Dec. 17, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Shift 02
  • Tues., Dec. 18 , 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Shift 03
  • Wed., Dec. 19, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Shift 04
  • Thurs., Dec. 20, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Shift 05
  • Fri., Dec. 21, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Shift 06
  • Fri., Dec. 21, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Shift 07
Saturday, December 22

Toy Giveaway Day. During the Holidays, many families will not have the resources or opportunity to gift their children with toys. Help distribute toys to the boys and girls in our community.


  • 8:00am - 1:00pm, Toy Giveaway

*Please Note: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old for this event


**Toy Donations. You can also donate monetary gifts or unwrapped toys for girls and boys ages 0-12 at 330 Ellis Street from 8:30am - 6pm.

Click HERE to check availability and schedule shift.







186 Prime Rib Luncheon

Monday, December 24

For over 20 years, Joe Betz and San Francisco's iconic House of Prime Rib restaurant have sponsored a holiday meal, the Prime Rib Luncheon on Christmas Eve. Donating 2,000 pounds of prime rib for GLIDE’s special mouthwatering luncheon, Mr. Betz' annual contribution is highlight for GLIDE's meals guests and he shares, “You have to be hungry once in your life to realize what hunger is.”


  • 10:00am - 12:30pm, Luncheon Shift 01
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm, Luncheon Prep Shift
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Luncheon Shift 02

 Click HERE187 to check availbility and schedule shift.


















Christmas Meals

Monday, December 24
  • 7:00am - 9:30am, Christmas Eve Breakfast
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Christmas Day Meals Prep

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Meals. A special Christmas dinner menu is prepared for thousands of homeless and needy families and individuals.


  • 6:00am - 9:00am, Breakfast
  • 8:30am - 10:30am, Bag Lunch Preparation
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm, Bag Lunch Preparation
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm, Dinner Service & Carving
  • 12:30pm - 3:00pm, Dinner Service & Carving
Wednesday, December 26

Day after Christmas. We need your help on this special day. 

  • 7:00am - 9:30am, Breakfast

Click HERE to check availability and schedule shift.



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