November 2, 2009

Denise Lamott, 415.381.8793,


Donations, Volunteers and Toys Needed for Glide's Holiday Season of Celebrations and Events

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On the heels of a difficult year, Glide invites you to give your spirit a boost"by volunteering your time and resources for Glide’s holiday celebrations and events. From preparing and serving Glide’s famous Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to passing out toys and grocery bags to needy families, Glide has many ways for hundreds of volunteers and donors to spread the comfort of home to those who need it the most this holiday season.
“These have been difficult times for all, and the number of people who rely on Glide has increased by 20 percent,” said Reverend Cecil Williams, Glide’s Minister of Liberation. “And when they hurt – we all hurt. We heal our spirits by providing real help to those in immediate need. Come join us, and experience your own renewal.”
Volunteer sign-ups for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all holiday events began on November 1 at Sign up early to guarantee a spot. Monetary donations at this time of year are especially welcome and can also be processed online or sent to Glide (330 Ellis Street, San Francisco). Glide also needs donations of new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable foods, which can be dropped off at Glide.


Glide's 2009 Holiday Events

November 12

Glide’s Annual Holiday Festival "From the 'Hood to the House”
A Benefit to Honor Reverend Cecil Williams' 45th Anniversary at Glide – (6pm – 10pm at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House)
This year’s annual benefit for Mo’s Kitchen and programs of the Glide Foundation Glide goes "From the 'Hood to the House" celebrating Rev. Williams' 45 years at Glide featuring special guests Dr. Maya Angelou, Rita Moreno, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows and more

November 25

Thanksgiving Dinner Prep (5:30 – 6:30pm)
Dozens of volunteers are needed to prepare 1,200 turkeys and all the fixings for Glide’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteers will gather to chop, dice, mix and slice and prepare thousands of holiday meals.
November 26

Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration
10am – Celebration in Glide Sanctuary
Breakfast - 7am - 8:30am
9am – 2pm Thanksgiving Dinner
Kick off the season of sharing as a volunteer at Glide’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner and share your gratitude with hundreds of others at Glide’s rollicking annual Thanksgiving Day celebratory service. Each year, Glide serves a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to nearly 5,000 people.

December 3

Seniors’ Holiday Social (11am to 2pm)
Family members and special community guests are invited to join this private festive party featuring a traditional turkey dinner, raffle, door prizes, deejay and dancing. Glide’s Senior program promotes community involvement and encourages seniors to serve as volunteers or mentors at Glide and the community at large.
December 14

Asian Fusion Lunch (11:30am – 2:00pm; 3:30 - 5:30)
Glide’s Asian Fusion Lunch and Dinner is sponsored by the Asian Chefs Foundation through its Chefs Without Borders program. Celebrity Asian chefs for the Bay Area’s finest Asian restaurants will prepare 2,500 traditional Asian meals to serve to poor and homeless guests at Glide.
December 18

Grocery Bag Giveaway (7:30am – 12:30pm)
Glide gives away 6,000 bags full of groceries to families each year. Hundreds of volunteers, including approximately 300 Gap Inc. employees will help fill the bags and distribute them to those in need.

Each bag contains fresh poultry (turkey or chicken), potatoes, bread, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, and vegetables
December 21

Toy Giveaway (9 – 10am)
Help every kid get a great toy for the holidays. Associates from Macy’s and other volunteers will help hand out toys to the boys and girls. Donate money or unwrapped new toys to Glide at 330 Ellis Street (at Taylor).
December 22

Old Navy Kids Shopping Spree (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Old Navy, 801 Market Street at 4th)
Old Navy flagship store on Market Street will open its doors at 9:00 a.m. for a private shopping spree for more than 200 kids from Glide's Family Services programs, ages 4 – 12. Thanks to the support from Gap Inc., each child will receive gift cards valued at $100 and will have the store to themselves, along with 150 Gap Inc. volunteer “personal shoppers.” (Media, please note: This is a private event for children from Glide’s Family Services Programs and is not open to the general public).

December 24

Prime Rib Luncheon (11am - 2pm)
Sponsored each year by Joe Betz and San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib, Glide’s special mouthwatering Christmas Eve luncheon of mouthwatering prime rib serves 3,000.

December 24

Christmas Dinner Prep (5:00pm to 7:00pm)
Volunteers are needed to chop, dice, mix and slice to prepare thousands of Christmas dinners for the poor and homeless.

December 25

Christmas Celebrations and Dinner
Celebrations at 9am and 11am
Breakfast - 7am - 8:30am
Dinner – 9am to 2pm
Come celebrate Christmas at Glide’s lively annual celebration, followed by dinner for hundreds of homeless and needy families and individuals.
Volunteer Opportunities at Glide

There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities available for these events and for meal service throughout the year. To sign up, please visit Glide's website at and click on "volunteer now." For questions, please call the Glide volunteer office at (415) 674-6080.
Request for Donations
Glide is also making an appeal for donations of money, new and unwrapped toys, and food--especially turkeys and canned goods. To donate money, please send your check to Glide Foundation, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, or donate through Glide’s website at Please drop off all food and toy donations at Glide’s main entrance, 330 Ellis Street.
Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, Glide Foundation is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for over 40 years.   From serving nearly one million meals a year, to holiday programs helping over 80,000, to operating a professional medical clinic, to youth job training, to offering weekly spiritual celebrations at Glide Church, and much more – Glide touches the lives of many people. Glide has helped thousands of disenfranchised and poor people get back on their feet and find their way to jobs, housing and spiritual fulfillment.
For more information about Glide, please call 415.674.6000 or visit


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