The Twin Cities Geek 2018 Holiday Toy & Book Drive Was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Twin cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive 2018 Totals

Every year since 2015, we at Twin Cities Geek have organized our Holiday Toy & Book Drive to support the families served by the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and the individuals served by the Women’s Prison Book Project. And every year, we’ve been proud to report that it’s been bigger and better. However, in 2018, you responded like never before.

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 the 2018 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive drive collected 4,357 toys and gifts and 3,419 books, graphic novels, manga, and comics for a combined grand total of:

7,776 donations!

That’s almost 2,800 more items than we collected in our 2017 drive and our largest year-to-year increase yet!

In addition, Games by James, which joined as a participating location for the first time in 2018, made the generous offer to donate a fidget spinner to #GiveTCG for every one sold in their stores during the drive. With the final numbers in, that came to over 1,000 spinners! Finally, all of these items were supplemented by generous cash donations through PayPal and Facebook totaling $190.

This is an absolutely amazing 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 all are amazing!

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!

A wide view of donated items

Just some of the Twin Cities’ generosity!

Books for the Women’s Prison Book Project

Of the total donations, we also collected 497 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.

Books for the Women’s Prison Book Project.

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.

Special Thanks to Local Business and Organizations

Of course, the 2018 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! Many stores also donated to the drive themselves, including the generous gift of over 1,000 spinners by Games by James noted above.

A box of fidget spinners

Spinners donated by Games by James.

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

All Systems Go Games and Movies
158 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 331-0028
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Comic Book College
4632 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 822-2309
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Dreamers Vault Games
4701 Hiawatha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 724-4543
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Electric Fetus
2000 4th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-9300
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Fifth Element
2411 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-0044
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Geek Partnership Society
Note: Open during all meetings and events on their calendar
1121 NE Jackson St. #106
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 424-2477
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GLITCH
1829 Riverside Ave. #200
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(320) 321-9361
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Grimm Bebop
1832 E 38th St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
(612) 230-9893
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Heroic Goods and Games
3456 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55406
(612) 200-9354
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Knit & Bolt
2833 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-1180
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Mead Hall Games & Comics
1425 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 315-3945
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Moon Palace Books and Geek Love Cafe
3032 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 454-0455
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Tower Games
3920 Nicollet Ave #150
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-4477
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Universe Games and Steamship Coffee and Tea
711 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 844-1011
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St. Paul

The Gaming Goat
1326 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-4628
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Mischief Toy Store
818 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 493-3307
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Source Comics and Games
2057 Snelling Ave. N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 645-0386
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Wet Paint
1684 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 698-6431
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North Metro

Blue Sun Soda Shop
1625 County Hwy. 10, Suite D
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
(763) 432-0704
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Dreamers Vault Games (formerly Village Games)
11591 Theatre Dr. N
Champlin, MN 55316
(763) 506-0303
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Fantasy Flight Games Center
1975 County Rd. B2 W
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 379-3801
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The Gamers Den
140 Buchanan St. N #142
Cambridge, MN 55008
(763) 689-5370
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Games by James
327 Rosedale Center #652
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-0701
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Games N Go
327 Rosedale Center #190
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-6099
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Hi-Score Video Games
McKnight 36 Plaza
2130 11th Ave. E
North Saint Paul, MN 55109
(651) 777-3011
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Hub Hobby
82 Minnesota Ave.
Little Canada, MN 55117
(651) 490-1675
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Punch-Out Gaming
828 Lake St S
Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 464-9820
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South Metro

Captain Jack’s Comics
9060 Lyndale Ave. S
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 456-6071
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Dreamers Vault Games
14332 Burnhaven Dr.
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 895-1989
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Gamerheadz
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 926-3155
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Games by James
1032 Burnsville Center
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 892-1004
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Games by James
Mall of America
358 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-4747
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Games by James
2510 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 925-9656
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The Gaming Goat
10956 Diffley Road, Suite F
Eagan, MN 55123
(651) 797-2670
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Hot Comics and Collectibles
6609 Nicollet Ave.
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 798-3936
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Hub Hobby
6410 Penn Ave. S
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 866-9575
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Issues Needed Comics
15465 Cedar Ave. S #160
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 683-9339
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Level Up Games
1004 Diffley Rd., Suite 500
Eagan, MN 55123
(651) 454-6018
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Mind’s Eye Comics
200 E Travelers Trail, Suite 105
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 492-9350
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Tomodachi
Mall of America
316 North Garden
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 582-1739
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East Metro

The Gaming Goat
783 Radio Dr. #107
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 493-2736
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Level Up Games
207 13th Ave. S
South St. Paul, MN 55075
(651) 493-9176
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West Metro

Dreamers Vault Games
3015 Utah Ave. S
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 938-8163
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Games by James
Ridgedale Center
12529 Wayzata Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 545-6616
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Hot Comics and Collectibles
3532 Winnetka Ave. N
New Hope, MN 55427
(763) 593-1223
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Lodestone Coffee and Games
10982 Cedar Lake Road
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 657-5226
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In closing, one more enormous thank-you to our toy-drive volunteers and everyone in the Twin Cities geek community who participated in the drive this holiday season!

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