Old Navy Shopping Spree

By Ben Lintschinger, Program Manager, GLIDE V.R.P. Engagement, Education and Advocacy

The financial challenge faced by working families in the City is greater than ever before and the holidays are never an exception. In fact, meeting their children’s needs and wishes during this season can present parents with tough choices: doting or self-discipline, saving or celebrating. It’s hard for parents to have to choose and it’s hard for children to understand because while they may be rich in love, kids see their peers and others around them receiving the shiny, new and indeed wonderful gifts we’ve come to expect. It can be a heart-ache for a family in need.

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At GLIDE, we are blessed to be able to join with partners in our community and make it so families don’t have to choose. We’re lucky because together we form a village where gifts are given and people look after one another other more than most other places. These gifts come in all forms: from a man down on his luck spending the day serving food to others in the same situation, to an endowment signifying a life’s work, to a subtraction from a company’s bottom line that goes toward something more important. These gifts, these acts of love, make this city a more just and equitable place. These gifts count.

This week we want to honor one of our greatest partnership events, the Old Navy Shopping Spree, and the families and children who participate.

The event happens on one special afternoon early each December where over 100 staff members of San Francisco’s Old Navy and Gap stores come to our building here at Taylor and Ellis. They come to give, but it’s the children who do the most giving, sharing their joy and excitement with everyone around them. It goes like this: each employee is paired with a child from our Family, Youth and Child-Care program, Community Housing programs and Children’s Choir to go on a $100 gift-card shopping spree, to get anything the child’s heart desires. They walk hand-in-hand with Gap staff over to the Old Navy store, along with GLIDE’s fabulous teachers and youth workers, and get a chance perhaps for the first time in their lives to choose most anything they want and not have it be “too expensive.” For children of hard-working families in an ever more expensive city, it’s a slice of abundance, as well as beautiful new clothing for the New Year.

This is one of GLIDE’s signature annual events, and part of a powerful partnership we’ve had with Gap for over 14 years. During that time, Gap’s support has provided over 1.5 million dollars and countless thousands of volunteer hours. Many tens of thousands of dollars have come directly from employee contributions and matched gifts, as has each moment of hard, satisfying work in our free meals program kitchen. For Gap employees, it’s a chance to see the good work they and their colleagues have been a part of year round.

Thank you to everyone at Gap, all the families in our programs, the staff and the kids for letting us adults dote on them. Children have as much patience for us as we do for them. We can only repay their kindness in loving us despite our imperfections by working diligently to build a world where children are free from poverty, hunger and disadvantage: a world where children are given everything they need to be happy, healthy and safe. Thank you for being a part of this with us and Happy Holidays.

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Join GLIDE at the SF @marchforourlives this Saturday to support young people in demanding #GunControlNow! We'll meet at GLIDE at noon and walk to Civic Center together. Where your GLIDE gear if you have it, and click the link in our profile to read more about why gun control is a priority advocacy issue at GLIDE.
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We're grateful to this crew! Left to right: Paul Harkin, Amber Taylor, Bill Buehlman and Jason Norelli. #rainorshine #harmreduction #healthcareisahumanright #gettested #healthcareforall GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at abrown@glide.org
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
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