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:
toys, games, young people’s books and otheritems 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!
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.
Twin Cities Geek founder Hal Bichel with Hallie Q. Brown Center executive director Jonathan Palmer.
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.
Books for the Women’s Prison Book Project.
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!
Hal has been heavily involved in fan, geek, and gaming culture since the dark ages of dial-up. She spends her time administrating several online communities, writing, and giving marketing advice to comic book professionals. Visit Hal's website at HalsPages.com.