The Twin Cities Geek 2016 Holiday Toy & Book Drive Was a HUGE SUCCESS!
Thanks to you, our second annual Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was an amazing success! Together we collected an unprecedented number of donated gifts to make the holidays brighter for so many Twin Cities families, and boy, did the Twin Cities geek community pull out all the stops. Just check out these numbers. Donations for Families in Need The 2016 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book drive collected 1,514 toys and gifts and 1,460 children's and young-adult books, graphic novels, manga, and comics for a combined total of: 2,974 toys, games, young people's books and other items for the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. The gifts were distributed to 642 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 and a video of the impressive Twin Cities Geek donation to Hallie Q. Brown Community Center! [foogallery id="22380"] 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 tabletop games, video games, graphic novels, collectibles, 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 242 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 and Organizations The 2016 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! Minneapolis Brickmania Toyworks 1620 Central Ave. NE #170 Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 545-5263 Map Link Comic Book College 3145 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612) 822-2309 Map Link Crafty Planet 2833 Johnson St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612) 788-1180 Map Link Dreamers Vault Games 4701 Hiawatha Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 724-4543 Map Link Electric Fetus 2000 4th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 870-9300 Map Link Fifth Element 2411 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612) 377-0044 Map Link Geek Partnership Society 1121 NE Jackson St. #106 Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 424-2477 Map Link GLITCH 1829 Riverside Ave. #200 Minneapolis, MN 55454 (320) 321-9361 Map Link Highlander Games 3952 Central Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55421 (612) 479-0870 Map Link Mead Hall Games & Comics 1425 LaSalle Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 315-3945 Map Link Midwest Makeup Supply 617 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612) 822-2150 Map Link Tower Games 3920 Nicollet Ave #150 Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 823-4477 Map Link Universe Games and Steamship Coffee & Tea 711 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612) 844-1011 Map Link Saint Paul Fantasy Flight Games Center 1975 County Rd. B2 W Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 379-3801 Map Link Mischief Toy Store 818 Grand Ave. St Paul, MN 55105 (651) 493-3307 Map Link Source Comics & Games 2057 Snelling Ave. N Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 645-0386 Map Link Wet Paint 684 Grand Ave. St Paul, MN 55105 (651) 698-6431 Map Link South Metro Brickmania Mall of America, 352 E Broadway Bloomington, MN 55425 (952) 854-9850 Map Link Hot Comics & Collectibles 224 Broadway St. S Jordan, MN 55352 (952) 492-7870 Map Link Hot Comics & Collectibles 6609 Nicollet Ave. Richfield, MN 55423 (612) 798-3936 Map Link Issues Needed Comics 15465 Cedar Ave. S #160 Apple Valley, MN 55124 (952) 683-9339 Map Link Marbles: The Brain Store Mall of America, 216 West Market Bloomington, MN 55425 (952) 854-5804 Map Link Mind’s Eye Comics 1565 Cliff Rd. #2 Eagan, MN 55122 (651) 683-0085 Map Link North Metro Blue Sun Soda Shop 1625 County Hwy. 10 D Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 (763) 432-0704 Map Link The Gamer’s Den 140 Buchanan St. N #142 Cambridge, MN 55008 (763) 689-5370 Map Link Village Games 11591 Theatre Dr. N Champlin, MN 55316 (763) 506-0303 Map Link East Metro Level Up Games 207 13th Ave. S South St. Paul, MN 55075 (651) 493-9176 Map Link Toyriffic 2950 White Bear Ave. Maplewood, MN 55109 (651) 748-9455 Map Link Toyriffic 2111 Coulee Rd. Hudson, WI 54016 (715) 386-0003 Map Link West Metro Dreamers Vault Games 3015 Utah Ave. S St Louis Park, MN 55426 (952) 938-8163 Map Link Hot Comics & Collectibles 3532 Winnetka Ave. N New Hope, MN 55427 (763) 593-1223 Map Link Fantastic job to everyone Twin Cities geek community who participated in the drive this holiday season!
Hal Bichel