2018 GLIDE Holiday Events

Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season with us as we spread 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!




November and December

This Thanksgiving Day we expect to serve 2,400 folks and we need your help to make it a success! GLIDE needs 2,500 turkeys for our Thanksgiving meals and for our Grocery Bag Giveaway. Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the front desk at 330 Ellis Street. 

Donations are accepted: 

  • Monday through Friday: 6:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Saturday through Sunday: 6:00 am–2:00 pm

For assistance you can call 415-674-6198 or 415-674-6000 to alert us of your arrival.

Snap a selfie of your delivery and we’ll share it on social. Tag @glideSF on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!



Thanksgiving Celebration and Meal

Thursday, November 22nd

10:00 am Celebration in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – 1:30 pm Thanksgiving Meal

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.

Photos from last year’s event



Annual Holiday Jam: Love Prevails

Wednesday, November 28th
5:30 pm Doors | 7:00 pm Performance

Join us for an uplifting evening of celebration and music benefitting GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program and other services that are transforming lives and launching GLIDE into the future. Featuring live performances with India.Arie, Lisa Fischer, the GLIDE Ensemble featuring Vernon Bush and The Change Band, plus many surprise guests along with the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies Renel Brooks-Moon.

Learn more and buy tickets here

Photos from last year’s event



Help-Portrait Day

Saturday, December 1st
9:00 am – 3:00 pm in Freedom Hall

Join the GLIDE Legacy Committee for Help-Portrait Day! An annual event where GLIDE program participants and neighborhood residents pose for portraits shot by professional local photographers and receive free prints. The goal is to not only give beautiful portraits but to create an experience that allows for every person to feel valued and special.

More information about the GLIDE Legacy Committee



Old Navy Kids Shopping Spree

Monday, December 3rd

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.

Photos from last year’s event


Senior Holiday Luncheon

Tuesday, December 4th

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. This year is a Vegas theme!

Photos from last year’s event



Grocery Bag Giveaway

Wednesday, December 12th

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

Photos from last year’s event



Toy Wonderland

December 2018
Please donate toys by December 10th

Each year GLIDE collects thousands of toys for children of homeless and low-income families of the Bay Area that do not have the resources to provide holiday gifts. GLIDE relies on corporate and community partners to help collect toys during the holiday season. If you’d like to donate to GLIDE’s holiday event, please visit our Amazon wish list for pre-approved toys!

Click here to visit GLIDE’s Amazon Wishlist



Adopt-A-Family Program

December 14th Delivery

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 24th
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.

Photos from last year’s event



Christmas Celebration and Meal

Tuesday, December 25th

10:00 am Celebration in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – 1:30 pm Meal Service

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 Christmas Celebrations takes place in the GLIDE Sanctuary.

Photos from last year’s event