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!
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!