The annual food, clothing and toy drive aired live on Saturday, December 20, 1997.
The 8th edition was a major success, raising over 1000 items, but collecting far more food and toys then ever before. Preceeded by a "live" shot of the sun setting against Christmas music and a pre-taped Pre-Game Show that featured the return of Claudia Urzua, the live four-hour special ran from 7:00 to 11:00pm.
Emceed by Dennis Willis and Steven Kirk, who emerged from a large present that seemingly led to underground levels. Hosts included Moira Szasz, Vicki Rovel-Kirk, Suzanne St. John and guest John Stanley (late of KTVU's "Creature Features"). Joe McCaffrey hosted segments from the road, collecting items for donation. Segments included Willis, St. John and set designer Alan Coppola working at the volunteer Daly City Dining Center.