The donations have been tallied, the gifts have been given, and thanks to all of you the third annual Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was our most successful yet! The Twin Cities geek community came together once again to make the holidays brighter for so many Twin Cities families, and you really outdid yourselves this year, with an unprecedented number of contributions—the 2017 drive collected 2,784 toys and gifts and 2,207 books, graphic novels, manga, and comics for a combined grand total of:
That’s over 1,000 more items than we collected in our 2016 drive! This is an incredible turnout, and each and every one of you who donated or helped spread the word about the Holiday Toy & Book Drive helped make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season. You are amazing!
Twin Cities Geek contributor and toy-drive volunteer Stephanie Cranford helps sort through the many donations. Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
Donations for Families in Need
The donated toys, gifts, and children’s and young-adult books were distributed to children and their families in the Summit-University neighborhood in St. Paul through Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. As in past years, we especially asked you to donate items that would make good gifts for teens, and you came through again, giving 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!
Some of the many donations! Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
Books for the Women’s Prison Book Project
Of the total donations, we also collected over 200 paperback books to donate to the Women’s Prison Book Project in Minneapolis! They are being 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 paperbacks. You have helped people 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.
Another view of the donations at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, including items collected both through the Twin Cities Geek drive as well as elsewhere. Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
Special Thanks to Local Business and Organizations
Of course, the 2017 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. Many of them have been participating for multiple years, and we were so happy to have them back again—but we were also thrilled that so many new locations joined us this year for the first time! 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.