November 15, 2012



Denise Lamott, 415.381.8793,



 GLIDE Announces 2012 Holiday Celebrations and Events
Donations, Volunteers, Turkeys and Toys are Always Needed

SAN FRANCISCO – Whether powered by donations, or powered by volunteers, the holiday season at GLIDE is always powered by love. This holiday season will be no different when GLIDE continues to meet the needs of thousands who struggle in the margins of society. GLIDE will help thousands by providing free special holiday meals and handing out free grocery bags, toys and blankets to those in need.  To support this colossal effort and ensure that no one gets turned away, GLIDE is recruiting hundreds of volunteers and accepting donations of money, toys and food – especially turkeys.

As people continue to find themselves out of work, without a home or just have difficulty making ends meet, the need for GLIDE’s social services continues to increase. GLIDE remains committed to serving nearly a million free meals each year to the poor and providing essentials like healthcare, access to shelter and other basic needs.  Over the next two months, GLIDE will pass out 5,000 bags of groceries to needy families, thousands of free toys, and serve up tens of thousands of meals.  

“Powered by love, GLIDE continues to provide food, shelter, healthcare and other basic resources day after day, week after week and year after year to those that need it most,” said Reverend Cecil Williams, GLIDE’s Founder and Minister of Liberation.

“The holiday season at GLIDE is a special time for the community to come together and help our fellow man,” said Janice Mirikitani, Founding President of the GLIDE Foundation. “Whether you help out by volunteering your time or donating money or food, there are many ways to feel a sense of pride and fulfillment by lending a hand at GLIDE.”

Volunteer sign-ups for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all holiday events are online 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 is urgently in need of donations of new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable foods and turkeys, which can be dropped off at GLIDE.

GLIDE's 2012 Holiday Events


November 21 – Volunteer Prep Shift, 5:00 – 7:00pm

  • Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to prepare 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 22 – Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration

  • 10am – GLIDE’s rollicking annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration in the GLIDE Sanctuary led by Reverend Cecil Williams and the GLIDE ministry team
  • Breakfast - 7am - 8:30am
  • 9am – 2pm Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Each year, GLIDE serves a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to thousands of people at GLIDE on Thanksgiving. Dinner includes ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, gravy, rolls, dessert, ice cream, and fruit punch.

December 6 – GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam "DOIN’ GOOD”

  • 6pm arrivals; 7pm performance followed by post-concert reception
  • The San Francisco Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street
  • This year’s annual fundraiser for Mo’s Kitchen and programs of GLIDE is a benefit concert featuring performances by Tony! Toni! Toné!, Eoin Harrington, POPLYFE, the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, plus other surprise guests. Tickets and information are available at

December 10 – Annual Asian Chefs’ Holiday Lunch and Dinner

  •  Luncheon, 11:30am – 2pm; Dinner, 3:30pm- 5:30pm
  • The Asian Chefs Foundation through its Chefs Without Borders program sponsors GLIDE’s Annual Asian Chefs’ Holiday Lunch and Dinner. Celebrity Asian chefs from the Bay Area’s finest Asian restaurants will prepare 2,500 traditional Asian meals to serve to poor and homeless guests at GLIDE.

December 11 – Seniors’ Holiday Social (11:30am to 1:30pm)

  • Family members and special community guests are invited to join this private festive party featuring a traditional turkey dinner, raffle and 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 19 - Grocery Bag Giveaway  (7:30am – 12:30pm)

  • GLIDE will give away 5,000 bags full of groceries to individuals and families this year.  Contributing partners for this year’s Grocery Bag Giveaway include Gap Inc., Central Payment and SpotOn who will provide monetary contributions as well as a host of volunteers to help fill and hand out grocery bags throughout the morning and afternoon.
  • Each bag contains fresh poultry, potatoes, bread, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, and vegetables.

December 22 – Toy Giveaway (9am – 11am)

  • Help every kid get a great toy for the holidays.  Volunteers will help hand out toys to the boys and girls. Donate money, gift cards 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 FREE Christmas Eve luncheon.

December 24 – Christmas Dinner Prep (2:30pm to 4:00pm)

  • Volunteers will gather 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
  • Luncheon: 9am-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 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 in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for nearly 50 years. GLIDE is unconditional in its love, support and commitment to the community it serves – providing a range of holistic services from serving over one million free meals a year, to providing affordable housing, free or low-cost state-of-the-art healthcare along with dozens of other programs that help to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.  With an unwavering commitment grounded in spirituality and emotional understanding, GLIDE is a leading organization for social justice – inspiring the larger community to celebrate humanity through compassion, generosity and acceptance.  For more information, visit For more information about GLIDE, please call (415) 674-6000 or visit www.


  GLIDE Announces 2012 Holiday Celebrations and Events

Donations, Volunteers, Turkeys and Toys are Always Needed



GLIDE’s 2012 Holiday Events 



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

November 21:      Thanksgiving dinner preparation (5:30pm – 6:30pm)
November 22:      Thanksgiving Day Celebration (10am); Breakfast (7am - 8:30am); and Dinner (9am - 2pm)
December 6:    GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam "DOIN’ GOOD” at The San Francisco Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street
(6pm – 10pm)
December 10:    Asian Chefs’ Holiday Lunch and Dinner
(Lunch - 11:30am to 2pm, Dinner - 3:30pm to 5:30pm)
December 11:    Seniors’ Holiday Social (11:30am – 1:30pm)
December 18:    Old Navy Kids Shopping Spree
(4:30am – 7:00pm at Old Navy, 801 Market Street at 4th)
December 19:    Grocery Bag Giveaway  (7:30am – 12:30pm)
December 22:    Toy Giveaway (9am – 11am)
December 24:    Prime Rib Luncheon  (11am - 2pm)
December 24:    Christmas Dinner prep (2:30pm – 4:00pm)
December 25:    Christmas Celebrations (9am and 11am); Breakfast (7am - 8:30am); and Dinner (9am - 2pm)

FOR MORE INFO: Call (415) 674-6000 or visit www.




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