On November 30th, 2023, GLIDE and OLD NAVY partnered to provide 100 children who attend GLIDE’s Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) and GLIDE’s Family Resource Center (FRC) with a holiday shopping spree.
In total, 45 children ranging from 6 -10 years old attended the shopping spree in person. The remaining 55 preschool and toddler aged children received a $100 gift card from Old Navy so that they could make their purchases online ahead of time.
This is the 20th year that the shopping spree partnership with Old Navy has taken place and the second time, post – pandemic, that the shopping spree was in person.
Each child was paired up with a personal shopper at the Old Navy store in Colma and activities during the visit included a photo booth in Santa’s workshop, goodie bags, ornament making, and candy cane making stations!
Lanie Igtanloc, Director of FYCC, said “ The aisles of Old Navy is where fashion meets joy. This shopping spree is more than just clothes—it’s a symphony of gratitude and delight. Thank you to Old Navy and Gap Corporate for making this possible. We, at GLIDE, appreciate it. Our parents appreciate it. Our children especially appreciate it. Their smiles and laughter say it all”
The Tenderloin is home to the highest concentration of children in San Francisco and many of those children attend FYCC and FRC. This shopping spree was able to serve a group of children that would otherwise not have the means to celebrate this holiday season with the pure joy that comes with holiday shopping in a retail store like Old Navy.
One of the children of FYCC, Adeya 8, summed the event up the best when she exclaimed, “I’m so glad I came!”
We at GLIDE, would like to thank Old Navy for their continued support for our community. Old Navy/Gap Corp has been a valued community partner and their impact is deeply felt within the families of FYCC and FRC.