The Twin Cities Geek 2015 Holiday Toy & Book Drive Was a HUGE SUCCESS!
Twin Cities geeks! We made you aware of a need, and you did not disappoint. You got gifty. You conjured up an amazing amount of toys and books. You were big damn heroes. Donations for Families in Need Together we, the Minnesota geek community, collected a grand total of 372 toys and 132 children's and young-adult books for a combined total of 504 toys, games, young people's books, and other items for the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. That's the largest single donation the community center has received for their holiday drive! These donations were added to other donations from individuals and Edina Realty and distributed this weekend to 568 children and their families in the Summit-University neighborhood in St. Paul. Each and every one of you who donated helped make a difference in a young person's life this holiday season. You are awesome! Here are some photos of the impressive Twin Cities Geek donation to Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and their "Hallie's Toy Shop" all set up to get the gifts to families! We especially asked you to donate items that would make good gifts for teens, and you did not disappoint, coming through with all manner of board games, video games, graphic novels, YA books, DVDs, and more. This is important, as toy drive initiatives like Toys for Tots so often focus on gifts for younger children—tots. But we geeks are well aware how much it can mean as a teenager to receive a great gift that reflects our interests, and the income level of our family does not change that simple fact. So, on behalf of all the young adults whose lives you have touched, Twin Cities Geek would like to extend another extra thank-you. Thank you for being awesome! Hallie Q. Brown Community Center also thanked us in their newsletter, which you can read here. Books for the Women's Prison Book Project Together we also collected 377 paperback books to donate to the Women's Prison Book Project in Minneapolis! These books will be delivered to Boneshaker Books, who will distribute them to women and transgender and genderqueer people currently serving time in prison. Again, thank you to everyone who donated paperback books. You have helped touch the lives of people who you will probably never meet, but for whom something as simple as a book can mean so much. And that is a feeling a lot of us geeks can relate to, regardless of our circumstances. Special Thanks to Local Business & Organizations The 2015 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive would not have been possible without the generous support of local geek-friendly businesses and organizations throughout the metro who agreed to host donation boxes for us. So this is a special thank you to all of them, and we would like to encourage the community to check out these wonderful businesses and organizations throughout the year! Fantasy Flight Game Center 1975 County Road B2 West Roseville, MN 55113 Map Link Hot Comics and Collectibles Richfield 6609 Nicollet Ave S Richfield MN 55423 Map Link Hot Comics and Collectibles New Hope 3532 Winnetka Ave N New Hope MN 55427 Map Link Village Games 11591 Theatre Drive N Champlin, MN 55316 Map Link Blue Sun Soda Shop 1625 County Highway 10 Suite D Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 Map Link Level Up Games 207 13th Ave S South St Paul, MN 55075 Map Link Dreamers Vault Games 4701 Hiawatha Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406 Map Link Geek Partnership Society The Waterbury Building 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106 Minneapolis, MN 55413 Map Link John Fluevog Shoes 2900 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408 Map Link Universe Games & Steamship Coffee and Tea 711 West Lake Street #103 Minneapolis, MN 55408 Map Link Source Comics & Games 2057 Snelling Ave. N Roseville, MN 55113 Map Link MSP Sunday Assembly Location varies; check website for meeting information! We also had a little bit of a competition to see which location could raise the largest donation. Here are the results: Hot Comics and Collectibles New Hope Village Games Fantasy Flight Games Center Great job to these locations for collecting the huge donations! Many happy returns to all of you in the Twin Cities Geek community this holiday season!
Hal Bichel