Past Meetup

Atheist War on Christmas: Gift Donation/Wrapping Extravaganza + Food & Drinks

This Meetup is past

20 people went

Green Mill

57 South Hamline · St. Paul, MN

How to find us

We'll be in the dining hall between the Twisted Fork and Green Mill restaurants (look for MN Atheists t-shirts)

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Details

To celebrate the War on Christmas, some of us atheists will be joining up for some fun, secular, holiday cheer at the Green Mill Restaurant in St. Paul just like we did last year (http://www.meetup.com/minnesota-atheists/events/42815992/). We will be meeting in the dining hall this time instead of the banquet room.

The Green Mill Restaurant (http://www.greenmill.com/st-paul-mn) is near Ayd Mill and Grand Ave. in St. Paul (57 South Hamline). Please bring a NEW gift(s) from the list below and join your family of heathens in organizing gift bags for families spending time at Children's Hospital of Minnesota (http://www.childrensmn.org/). It would be helpful to let the rest of us know what your gift donation is when you RSVP or in the Comments section so we don't offer too much of one thing and we get a good variety of gifts.

The room is available to our group from 11:30am to 2:30pm. We'll enjoy a festive Christmas lunch beginning around 12pm from the Green Mill menu (http://www.greenmill.com/main-menu), followed by gift wrapping, organizing, socializing, and partaking in some Christmas spirits. Depending on how many RSVP we should end up with some decent gift bags for families.

Each bag will have a laminated tag attached with the MN Atheists logo wishing them "Happy Holidays". Bags should be age appropriate so that some might have baby rattles for infants, Hot Wheels for school agers, and logic puzzles for adolescents, for example. The bags will be delivered the following week at a date to be determined. Those who wish to meet me at the hospital will have our picture taken with the Children's Hospital "Wish List" coordinator.

Please plan on spending about $10-$20 so we can pack these bags full! Again, it's important to indicate what donated gift(s) you will be bringing when you RSVP or in the comments section so we can have a variety of gifts.

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Here is the list of suggested gift donations (http://www.childrensmn.org/giving/giving-toys-and-gifts/wish-list):

The categories are listed in order of greatest need.

Infant:

Rattles, O-balls
Fisher Price, Sassy, Baby Einstein toys and toy sets
Mirrors
Mozart Magic Cube
Sound & Lights Aquariums (Fisher-Price)
Baby Board Books
Melodies & Motion Soothers (Fisher-Price)
Toy bars for strollers

Adolescents:

Art/craft kits – All-in-one sets (Target and Creative Kidstuff)
Gift cards - $10-$15 – Target, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble
Handheld electronic games: Yahtzee, Battleship, 20Q, Big Screen Solitaire, Deal or No Deal, Sudoku Touch Screen, High School Musical
Art Sets with good brushes, paints, pastels
Personal CD player
Logic Puzzle, Sudoku Puzzle, Word Puzzle Books
Cribbage boards
Chess sets
Nail polish; nail design kits
Bead Kits

Toddler/Preschool:

Pop-up toys
Color Wonder
Matchbox/Hotwheels cars, garage
Chunky cars, trucks, trains, etc.
TOMY, Fisher-Price, Little Tykes toys/Little people
Fisher-Price medical kits
Wooden Peg Puzzles, cardboard puzzles
Box puzzles 24-60 pieces
Disney play figures
Don’t Break the Ice, Zingo, Ant in the Pants
Sound books
Gertie Balls
Playskool Busy Ball Popper
Wiggly Giggly Balls (Creative Kidstuff)
B.Meowsic (electronic keyboard)
Magna Doodles

Star Studio:

Activity kits (foamies, stickers, keychains)
Activity Books (ex. American Girl "How to make paper chain necklaces", etc)
Yo Yo's
Blankets
Stuffed Animals
Journals and Pens/Pencils
Card Games
Magic Tricks
Lego Kits
Foam Boomerangs
Necklaces/Bracelets/funky rings
Wind-up toys
Voice Changers
Key Chains
Cool Water Bottles
Small basketball/golf/etc "mini" activity sets
Nerf Hoops

Electronics:

*We must have a receipt for all electronic equipment, movies, and computer games donated*

Portable DVD players
Batteries: Size D, AA, AAA
Music CDs – lullaby, Disney, children’s songs, instrumental/relaxation music, current pop tunes
Sound Story Books

School-Age:

Art/craft kits – All-in-one sets (Target and Creative Kidstuff)
Card games: Uno, Go Fish, I Spy, Look Alikes, Waldo books
Lego sets – small/medium sized
Jigsaw puzzles [masked]pc)
Board games: Sorry, Trouble, Monopoly, Monopoly Jr. , Yahtzee, Scrabble, Scrabble Jr.,
Guess Who, Chutes & Ladders, Candyland
TOMY robots; remote control cars
Nail art sets
Connect Four, Sequence, Sequence Jr.
Barbie/Ken dolls and clothes
Uno, Skip-Bo
20Q electronic games

Music Therapy items:

Classical Acoustic 1/2 (half) size guitar from Schmitt Music
Egg Shakers (from Groth Music or Best Buy Music Store)
Any Children's Instruments (from Groth Music or Best Buy Music Store)
Any Small percussion instruments (ocean drum, buffalo drum, rain stick, cabasa, djembe, tubano, bongos, maracas) from Groth Music or Best Buy Music Store
Electronic keyboard – preferably Yamaha
Board-Books that are songs (Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Spider, etc)

Art and Craft Materials:

Playdough: small tubs, playdough tools
Washable markers
Watercolor paint sets
Crayons – small, regular, jumbo
Craft kits – child and teen
Fuzzy posters
Geometric design coloring books
Crayola Model Magic
Klutz Books
Window Markers
Colored Pencils, Pastels
Sticker books and stickers
Coloring/Activity books
Playing cards

Miscellaneous:

Microfill pillows in all colors and sizes
Ink and paper for hp photo smart 7960-color printer
Oball
Water washable nail polish
Discovery Kids Animated Marine Lamp (discoverykids.com)
Subscription(s) to any of the children’s magazines found on www.redan.com
Usborne Books & More – Children’s wish list http://giving.childrensmn.org/keepkidsreading