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Red Balloon Gives Back

Red Balloon Bookshop is happy to give back to the community that supports us. Each year, we donate hundreds of books and gift cards. We also help schools and other organizations with fundraising efforts through our bookfairs and our Authors in Schools program



Because we receive so many donation requests, we give priority to local non-profit organizations who have a customer connection to Red Balloon and are working to promote literacy and the love of reading with kids and teens. Please submit your donation request by dropping off or mailing in a letter detailing the organization, donation needs and your connection to Red Balloon Bookshop.

Requests may be sent to:

Red Balloon Bookshop
Attn: Donation Requests
891 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105

We will notify organizations that we have selected within one month of receiving your request.




Be an AngelDecember, annually

In 2020, Be An Angel is proud to partner with Twin Cities Geek for their annual book and toy drive in support of families served by the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood, as well as the Women's Prison Book Project.   

Twin Cities Geek is an online culture magazine for the self-identifying geek community in Minnesota, particularly focused around the areas of Minneapolis, MN and Saint Paul, MN. Learn more here.

Founded in 1929, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. is an African American, nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Summit University area of Saint Paul, Minnesota and the broader Twin Cities metro area. The organization's mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership. Learn more here

Since 1994, the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. They are an all-volunteer grassroots organization that seeks to build connections with those behind the walls, and to educate those of us on the outside about the realities of prison and the justice system. Learn more here.