November 8, 2010

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The Holiday Season at GLIDE Kicks Off with Thanksgiving Feasts and Celebrations
Donations, Volunteers, Turkeys and Toys Urgently Needed for Glide’s Holiday Season of Celebrations and Events

SAN FRANCISCO – Come on down to GLIDE, and brighten up your holidays by bringing light to others.  Hundreds of volunteers are needed to prepare and serve GLIDE’s famous Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and pass out toys and grocery bags to those in need.  Don’t have time but still want to give? GLIDE is also accepting donations of money, toys and food (especially turkeys) to meet a need that has increased tremendously over the past two years.

The need for GLIDE’s services have reached an all time high over the past two years, while resources have decreased steadily.  In August alone, GLIDE served 91,000 free meals.  Over the next six weeks, GLIDE will pass out 5,000 bags of groceries to needy families this year, thousands of toys, and serve up tens of thousands of meals.  GLIDE is putting out an urgent plea for donations to fulfill its mission of turning no one away.

“While things are beginning to turn around, it’s happening slowly and there are still thousands of people – families and kids – who need us every day,” said Reverend Cecil Williams, GLIDE’s Founder and Minister of Liberation. “Our food lines have grown tremendously over the past two years – more and more people desperately need our help.  We invite everyone to join us in the spirit of healing, giving hope and celebration.”

Volunteer sign-ups for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all holiday events are online at www. 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 and turkeys, which can be dropped off at GLIDE.

GLIDE's 2010 Holiday Events

November 24

Thanksgiving Dinner Prep (5:30pm – 6:30pm)
Dozens of volunteers are needed to prepare hundreds of 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 25

Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration
10am – Celebration in GLIDE Sanctuary
Breakfast - 7am - 8:30am
10am – 2pm Thanksgiving Dinner
Each year, GLIDE serves a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to thousands of people. Nearly 5,000 meals will be served at Glide on Thanksgiving. 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.

December 2

Glide’s Annual Holiday Festival "Bringing Down the House” (6pm – 10pm)
This year’s annual benefit for Mo’s Kitchen and programs of the GLIDE Foundation features a night of comedy at the San Francisco Warfield Theatre with live entertainment with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band, W. Kamau Bell, Selene Luna, Johnny Steele and other hilarious surprise guests.

December 7

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 13

Annual Asian Lunch and Dinner  (11:30am – 2:30pm; 4pm- 6pm)
GLIDE’s Annual Asian 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 17

Grocery Bag Giveaway  (7:30am – 12:30pm)
GLIDE will give away 5,000 bags full of groceries to individuals and families this year.  Hundreds of volunteers, including approximately 300 Gap Inc. employees will help fill the bags and distribute them to those in need. At this time GLIDE does not have the resources to fill and handout the usual 6,000 bags given out each year.

Each bag contains fresh poultry, potatoes, bread, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, and vegetables.

December 20

Old Navy Kids Shopping Spree (9:00am – 10:00am 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 21

Toy Giveaway (9am – 10am)

Help every kid get a great toy for the holidays.  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 24

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

December 24

Christmas Dinner Prep (2:30pm to 4:30pm)
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 – 10am to 2pm
Come celebrate Christmas at GLIDE’s lively annual celebration, followed by dinner for thousands 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 www. 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 www. Please drop off all food and toy donations at GLIDE’s main entrance, 330 Ellis Street.

Located at Ellis and Taylor Streets in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for over 40 years.   From serving nearly one million meals a year, to operating a professional medical clinic, 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





The Holiday Season at GLIDE Kicks Off with Thanksgiving Feasts and Celebrations
Donations, Volunteers, Turkeys and Toys Urgently Needed for  Glide’s Holiday Season of Celebrations and Events


GLIDE’s 2010 holiday events 



All events take place at GLIDE unless otherwise noted
330 Ellis Street, San Francisco

November 24: Thanksgiving dinner preparation (5:30pm – 6:30pm)
November 25: Thanksgiving Day Celebration (10am); Breakfast (7am - 8:30am); and Dinner (10am - 2pm)
December 2: GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Festival "Bringing Down the House” at the San Francisco Warfield Theatre (6pm – 10pm)
December 7: Seniors’ Holiday Social (11am - 2pm)
December 13: Asian Fusion Lunch and Dinner (11:30am - 2pm; 4:00pm – 6:00pm)
December 17: Grocery Bag Giveaway  (7:30am – 12:30pm)
December 20: Old Navy Kids Shopping Spree (9:00am – 10:00am at Old Navy, 801 Market Street at 4th)
December 21: Toy Giveaway (9am – 10am)
December 24: Prime Rib Luncheon  (11am - 2pm)
December 24: Christmas Dinner prep (2:30pm – 4:30pm)
December 25: Christmas Celebrations (9am and 11am); Breakfast (7am - 8:30am); and Dinner (10am - 2pm)

FOR MORE INFO: Call 415.674.6000 or visit


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