2018 Holiday Season

Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season with us by spreading hope and love! Join GLIDE and brighten up your holidays by bringing light to others.

Join GLIDE this season in caring and showing appreciation for thousands of our community’s most in-need residents. Every year, GLIDE offers special holiday meals, groceries, toys, blankets and open arms to the individuals and families who are struggling in San Francisco and across the Bay Area. We invite everyone to help in our efforts to provide sustenance and support through charitable contributions (financial as well as toys and food) and volunteering.


Starting November 1, you can sign up for Holiday Volunteer Opportunites. 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. Thank you, friends!







Thanksgiving Celebration and Meals

Thursday, November 22

10:00 am Celebration in the Sanctuary

7:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast

10:00 am - 1:30 pm Thanksgiving Dinner 

Thousands of nutritious, delicious meals with all the fixings will be served by a dedicated team of staff members and volunteers. The enticing menu includes ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, gravy, rolls, ice cream and fruit punch. 





Annual Holiday Jam: Love Prevails

November 28

5:30 pm: Arrivals  |  7:00 pm: Concert


We proudly invite you to LOVE Prevails, the GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam, on Wednesday, November 28 at The Masonic in San Francisco. Join us as we celebrate irresistible hope and unconditional love and help raise funds for GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program and other services. The evening will feature performances by special guests, to be announced soon. Food and drink will be provided by some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants and beverage companies.


more about glide's 2018 annual holiday JAM





Help-Portrait Day

December 2018, date TBD

For the fourth consecutive year, local photographer Colson Griffith and a team of shutterbug volunteers will participate in Help-Portrait Day, for which GLIDE program participants and neighborhood residents pose

for artfully composed portraits and receive complementary prints.


MORE ABOUT help-portrait day




Women's Holiday Luncheon


11:30 am - 1:00 pm

GLIDE Women’s Center program participants will come together as a community to celebrate triumph over hardship and enjoy a soulful holiday meal, musical and spoken-word performances, and gift exchange.





Senior Holiday Luncheon

December 2018, date TBD

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Our beloved senior community is celebrated at this private feast featuring traditional holiday dishes created by GLIDE Chefs and the Daily Free Meals program team.





Old Navy Kids Shopping Spree

December 2018, date TBD

Thanks to support from parent company Gap Inc., Old Navy’s flagship store on Market Street in San Francisco will once again host a shopping spree for more than 100 kids, ages 4–12, from GLIDE’s Family Services programs. Participants will receive $100 gift cards and be matched with personal shoppers for a festive, fashionable afternoon. 






Grocery Bag Giveaway

December 2018, date TBD

7:30 am - 12:30 pm 

With financial and volunteer assistance from generous corporate partners Gap Inc., GLIDE will distribute thousands of bags filled with groceries to individuals and families.








Toy Bag Giveaway

December 2018, date TBD

9:00 - 11:30 am

With help from event sponsor First Republic Bank, volunteers will distribute toys to kids of the Tenderloin and surrounding neighborhoods. Financial contributions, gift cards and unwrapped new toys will be accepted at GLIDE (330 Ellis St.) through the week of 12/12 - 12/16. Dolls of color and sports balls are especially welcome; no guns or war toys, please. 









Adopt-a-Family Program



Thanks to the generous participation of hundreds of individual sponsors, more than 1,000 members of around 300 families within the GLIDE community will receive holiday gifts. 









Prime Rib Luncheon

Monday, December 24

10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Joe Betz and San Francisco’s iconic House of Prime Rib will once again sponsor this Christmas Eve tradition. About 3,700 pounds of prime rib and an array of delicious side dishes will be served in GLIDE's Dining Room. 







Christmas Celebrations and Meals

Tuesday, December 25

7:30 - 8:00 am Seniors Breakfast

8:00 am Breakfast for General Public

10:00 am Celebration in the Sanctuary

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Christmas Meal

GLIDE's lively Christmas celebrations and free holiday meal is sure to warm the hearts of all involved. A free Christmas meal of ham, turkey and all the fixings will be served to all who wish, while two Christmas Celebrations take place in the GLIDE Sanctuary.









 Ujima: Kwanzaa Celebration

Friday, December 28

4:00 - 6:00 pm 

GLIDE and partner The Village Project will be hosting Day Three, called Ujima, on December 28 at 4:00 pm of the weeklong celebration of the African American Kwanzaa holiday. Ujima, meaning Collective Work and Responsibility, is a reflection on committing ourselves to our community, our neighborhoods, and to finding solutions together to the problems affecting members of the community. GLIDE will be celebrating with music, storytellers, drumming and a holiday meal.



GLIDE  330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.674.6000

GLIDE Digital EcosystemGLIDE's Facebook PageGLIDE's Twitter PageGLIDE's YouTube PageGLIDE's Vimeo pageGLIDE's Instagram pageGLIDE's iTunes page