Over the past five years, the Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive has collected more than 20,000 donations of games, toys, books, and other gifts for families in need during the holiday season. The Toy & Book Drive is back for a sixth year, and once again, items donated will go to two very worthy local organizations: Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Women’s Prison Book Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Browse our book and gift recommendations and choose something to donate to the Twin Cities Geek Toy & Book Drive! Please check the "TCG DONATION" box at checkout, and choose "curbside pickup" as the delivery option. (TCG will pick up the donations from Wild Rumpus at the end of the Toy & Book Drive.)
Wondering what to donate? Here are some great places to start:
- Wild Rumpus Holiday Gift Guide
- Staff Picks
- Spanish & Bilingual Books
- LGTBQ+ Books
- Books by Black Creators
- New in Paperback
- Activities & Games
- Rumpus Recommends
- Gift Cards: Can't decide? Purchase a gift card and our staff will select items for the drive.
A question we often get is: How is the Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive different from Toys for Tots?
- Toys for Tots often separates out toys by gender: you can get a “boy toy” or a “girl toy.” Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, by contrast, puts all the toys we send them together and lets families pick what their children will like best without any regard to gender.
- Toys for Tots requires families to register very far in advance in order to get gifts for their children. There are always families who miss that deadline for any number of reasons. Hallie Q. Brown Community Center accommodates as many families as possible, even if they miss the registration date. It is specifically because of our drive that most of these families are able to get gifts.
- Through our efforts and because we accept gently used toys, we are able to help provide the St. Paul families served by Hallie Q. Brown Community Center with up to six toys per child, which is more than double what Toys for Tots often provides.
- By working directly with Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, we ensure that families not only get donated toys but also up to five books or comics per child from our drive.
- Toys for Tots tends to attract toys for, well, “tots.” And while that’s a worthy cause, and toys for kids of all ages are wanted and needed, gifts for teenagers are in very high demand—their age group is often left out of gift drives like these. By running our own drive, we are able to shift the focus onto this need and encourage folks to donate gifts especially for teenagers.
- Running our own drive allows us to be multipurpose, collecting not only gifts for the St. Paul families served by Hallie Q. Brown Community Center but also books for the Women’s Prison Book Project. This increases the overall impact of our efforts as a community.