Holidays at GLIDE

2021 has been a year of great challenge but it has also been a year of great resilience, resistance and rebirth. We invite you to join GLIDE in serving our community safely while still spreading the holiday love.

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Holiday Efforts

2021 Holiday Opportunities

Each year, GLIDE’s holiday events bring critically needed services, build community, and spread holiday joy to GLIDE’s community of clients, staff, supporters, volunteers, and congregants. In accordance with public health recommendations, we have made significant modifications to these events this year in order to serve our community safely while still maintaining the GLIDE spirit of connection and celebration.

The communities we serve are among those that have been most impacted by COVID-19.  Throughout the pandemic, GLIDE has been there to provide the support and care needed to help them get through this challenging time. The way we deliver our services and help might look a little different right now, but our work to provide hope, nourishment, and support has not stopped. 

There are still many ways to get involved!
This page will continue to be updated as details finalize.

Thanksgiving  Toy Wonderland  Grocery Bag Giveaway  Christmas

Volunteer Opportunities
We are excited to welcome volunteers back onsite to GLIDE for our Holiday Events this year! Click here to sign up now, or visit our FAQ page for more information. Please note that we are only welcoming fully vaccinated volunteers aged 18+ for onsite opportunities at this time

There are also many other exciting ways to volunteer for GLIDE remotely such as hosting drives for much needed community items and/or organizing a fundraiser for GLIDE with your family and friends. Please contact volteam@glide.org or 415-674-6081 to learn more about what we need and how you can help!  

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Corporate Partnerships

Looking for opportunities for you company to support or engage with GLIDE this holiday season? Contact Eden Chan, Strategic Partnerships Manager, at echan@glide.org or (415) 674-6060

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Thanksgiving at GLIDE

November 25

Thanksgiving Meal, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nearly 2,500 Thanksgiving meals of ham, turkey and all the fixings will be served to the community (both onsite and throughout the city).

GLIDE Church Celebration, 10:00 am
Enjoy GLIDE Church’s spirited annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration taking place online at 10:00 am with GLIDE’s Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White and members of the world-renowned GLIDE Ensemble and The Change Band. Celebration programming will be focused on music, witness, and messages of gratitude.

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GLIDE Toy Wonderland: Community Deliveries
Our Toy Drive is now open!

December 13, 14, 15 & 16
GLIDE’s Toy Sort & Giveaway

Toy bag packing event at GLIDE, Dec. 13, 14, 15
Citywide delivery to community partners, Dec. 16

GLIDE is collecting new toys for the children ages 0 – 11 in our community who might otherwise go without this holiday season. In lieu of an in-person event, we have shifted to a delivery model that enables us to safely reach GLIDE’s families, as well as other families from all over San Francisco through our community partners.


  • We are extending our Amazon Toy Registry close date from 12/10 to 12/14, 11:59 p.m. Please visit our Amazon Wishlist.
  • The last day to drop off toy donations onsite is Wednesday, 12/15. The address to drop off is at GLIDE’s building on 330 Ellis at Taylor St. Drop-off hours are as follows:

    • Saturday 12/11: 7 am to 12 pm
    • Sunday 12/12: 7 am to 2 pm
    • Monday 12/13: 7 am to 6 pm
    • Tuesday 12/14: 7 am to 6 pm
    • Wednesday 12/15: 7 am to 6 pm

GLIDE will deliver more than 700 bags of toys directly to families from GLIDE programs and partner agencies.

This event is sponsored by First Republic Bank. In addition to funding support, First Republic Bank provides many volunteers to support this effort.

Interested in making a bulk donation of toys on behalf of your company to bring holiday magic to hundreds of children and their families?
Contact Eden Chan, Strategic Partnerships Manager, at echan@glide.org or (415) 674-6060

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Grocery Bag Giveaway: GLIDE on the Go

December 6 and 7 – Time TD: Onsite packing at GLIDE
GLIDE staff and a limited number of volunteers will fill 5,500 bags of groceries outside of GLIDE.

December 8, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Distribution throughout San Francisco
Due to the pandemic, GLIDE’s annual Grocery Bag Giveaway will take a similar approach as last year. GLIDE will package 5,500 grocery bags onsite, and then deliver them to 19 partner agencies across San Francisco to meet the complex needs of folks throughout the city. Each bag contains everything needed for a special holiday meal, including a whole free-range chicken or turkey, potatoes or rice, mac & cheese, vegetables, dinner rolls for all the holiday fixings.

This event is sponsored by Gap Inc. In addition to funding support, Gap provides many volunteers to support this effort.

Support GLIDE’s Holiday Efforts

Would you and your company like to be our partners in the feeding of over 5,000 families this holiday? Contact Eden Chan, Strategic Partnerships Manager,at echan@glide.org or (415) 674-6060

Corporate support opportunities include:

• A donation to cover the thousands of food items (including whole turkeys and chickens) we need to make this event possible

• Virtual volunteering opportunities to create care packages, compose positive messages, source winter essential items, and more!

• Limited on-site volunteer opportunities to prepare our deliveries

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Virtual Christmas Day Celebration

Friday, December 24
House of Prime Rib Christmas Eve Brunch
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Joe Betz and San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib will provide prime rib and all the sides for GLIDE’s popular, mouthwatering Christmas Eve Brunch served to as many as 2,000 guests in the outdoor-tented dining room. Additionally GLIDE will deliver 200 meals to encampments across the city.

December 25
Christmas Celebration and Meal, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

GLIDE Church Christmas Celebration, 10:00 am online
Capping off a season of holiday events, GLIDE’s online Christmas Celebration and free holiday feast are sure to warm the hearts of all involved. Nearly 2,500 Christmas meals of ham, turkey and all the fixings will be served to the community (both onsite and throughout the city), while GLIDE Church Celebration takes place online on Facebook Live and YouTube at 10 am.

December 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM Celebration
via Facebook Live, YouTube Live

GLIDE’s rousing Christmas Celebration will take place online on Christmas Day. Details soon!

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2021 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Still We Rise
Thursday November 18, 2021  |  Doors open: 5:30 PM (PST)

GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam: Still We Rise returns as a modified in-person event bringing the community together for music, storytelling and celebration to support GLIDE’s mission. Musical guests include 10-time Grammy winner and legendary artist Bobby McFerrin, 3-time Grammy awardee and NPR Tiny Desk contest winner Fantastic Negrito, and the renowned and uplifting GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, under the direction of Vernon Bush.

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