2016 Holiday Season

Together, we celebrate the 2016 Holiday Season by spreading hope and love. Join the GLIDE community and brighten up your holidays by bringing light to others.

Join GLIDE this season to provide hope and light for thousands of our community’s most in-need residents. This year, as we have done for decades, GLIDE will provide special holiday meals, groceries, toys, blankets and open arms to the individuals and families who are struggling in San Francisco and beyond. We invite the entire Bay Area to assist 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.







Thanksgiving Celebration and Meals

Thursday, November 24

10:00 am Celebration in the Sanctuary

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 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: Walk That Walk

Wednesday, November 30

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

We proudly invite you to join us at WALK THAT WALK, GLIDE's Annual Holiday Jam on November 30, 2016 at the Masonic. The all-star lineup includes performances by Michael Franti, Sheila E., Goapele, Paula West, Doobie Brothers founder Tom Johnston and bassist John Cowan joined by vocalist Lara Johnstonthe GLIDE Ensemble and The Change Band, and many more!

All proceeds go to Mo’s Kitchen and GLIDE programs.


more about glide's 2016 annual holiday JAM





Help-Portrait Day

Saturday, December 3

For the third 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

Wednesday, December 7

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

Tuesday, December 6

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

Wednesday, December 7

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. 






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. 









Sikh Community Blanket Giveaway



Once again demonstrating their compassion in action, members of the Bay Area Sikh community will visit GLIDE and distribute new, warm blankets to program participants. 









Grocery Bag Giveaway

Wednesday, December 14

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

Saturday, December 17

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. 









Prime Rib Luncheon

Saturday, December 24

10:30 am - 1:30 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

Sunday, December 25

7:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 & 11:00 am Celebrations in the Sanctuary

10:00 am - 1:30 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.









 Nia: Kwanzaa Celebration

Friday, December 30

4:00 - 6:00 pm 

GLIDE and partner The Village Project will be hosting Day Five, called Nia, on December 30 at 4:00 pm of the weeklong celebration of the African American Kwanzaa holiday. Nia, meaning Purpose, is a reflection on committing ourselves to the glorious duty of restoring our families, our neighborhoods, and our people to their historical greatness. GLIDE will be celebrating with music, storytellers, drumming and a holiday meal.



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