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2017 Charity Details

St. Louis MetroMarket

Be sure to read below for information on volunteering with STL MetroMarket and earning a free weekend badge!

In keeping with our food theme for 2017, we are happy to promote the St. Louis MetroMarket.  The St. Louis MetroMarket is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit mobile farmers’ market that is restoring access to healthy, affordable food to St. Louis City food deserts. They transformed a city bus into a grocery store on wheels to bridge physical, financial, and educational barriers in food deserts in order to have the greatest potential towards increasing the supply and demand for healthy foods in these low-income, high need communities.  Please be sure to check out this awesome group!

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Earn a free badge and help St. Louis in the process!

We’re happy to announce a partnership with St. Louis MetroMarket, and we want you to be a part of this in the best possible way.  By helping your local community, you can earn a free weekend badge to Anime St. Louis by assisting St. Louis MetroMarket with their goal of eliminating food deserts and helping to bring affordable, healthy eating options to the St. Louis area.  Please read below for further information:

  • Please print out your timesheet form.  This will be used to keep track of your time volunteering for St. Louis MetroMarket.  Once you have worked 12 volunteer hours for St. Louis MetroMarket, you can turn in your form to redeem it for a free weekend pass to Anime St. Louis.
  • To schedule your times with St. Louis MetroMarket, please contact Serena Bugett-Teague at 314-680-0260 and be sure to mention you’re working as part of this program.  In addition to working when the bus is active at its stops, there are many other duties that can be done throughout the year.  These duties may include helping other organizations that work with St. Louis MetroMarket on community improvement as well.
  • Please be sure to take your timesheet form with you!  The volunteer director or event manager will list your start time, end time, and sign-off on the sheet to verify you completed your assigned times.  Without those verifications, the times entered on the sheet will not count.

To redeem your form, please submit it to conchair@animestl.net with the subject line “MetroMarket Form Redeem”.  If you don’t have a way to scan the form or take a picture of it, please feel free to e-mail and let us know and we’ll work with you on getting us a copy.  Make sure the information at the top is printed clearly as we’ll use it for your badge registration.  There are a limited number of passes available for this program, so don’t wait if you plan to participate!

Brentwood Library

The Brentwood Library, in central St. Louis County, was selected to be a recipient of funds raised through Anime St. Louis’ charity fundraiser for the last few years.  The extra money has been used to create one of the largest collections of manga in the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis, a collective of nine independent city libraries within St. Louis County. Each book is marked with a special sticker thanking Anime St. Louis, and the collection is housed in the teen section of the Brentwood Library on new carousels.  The library reports the Manga are a huge hit with the young patrons at all 9 locations  and are constantly being checked out.  This year’s order of new titles include Barrage, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, DragonBall, Inuyasha, Kare First Love, K-On!, Mixed Vegetables, Naruto, Natsume’s Book of Friends, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Skip Beat!, We Were There, Yu-Gi-Oh, 5Ds/Duelist/GX/Millenium/R/Zexal, and YuYu Hakusho.



Extra Life

We are also excited to announce our second charity for 2017 will be Extra Life!  Extra Life is a national organization that raises money for children’s hospitals, with St. Louis’ chapter benefiting two local hospitals.  Be sure to stop by Extra Life’s booth to learn more and to sign up!

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“Game lovers of all kinds are spending the next five weeks raising funds and deciding what to play on Saturday, November 7 — 2015’s Extra Life game day benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, members of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  The grassroots gaming experience lets gamers register for free at www.Extra-Life.org, select St. Louis Children’s Hospital or SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, establish a fundraising goal and seek donations from friends and family to support their “game day.”

All funds raised through Extra Life by greater St. Louis area gamers will stay local to help our partner hospitals.  Since 2008, tens of thousands of participants have raised more than $8 million on behalf of this Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program. All secure donations made on behalf of Extra Life participants stay local equally benefitting St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital to ensure that innovative programs can be funded, crucial equipment can be purchased and that no child can be turned away.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis is gearing up for November 7 game day. Those interested in gaming for the 450,000 kids treated annually at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center can register at www.Extra-Life.org.”


Annie’s Hope

Finally, we are adding a fourth charity for 2017, Annie’s Hope!  Annie’s Hope is a community based not for profit providing comprehensive support services to children, teens and their families grieving the death of someone significant. The mission of Annie’s Hope is fulfilled anytime a hopeless, sad or angry child finds courage to face the future after the death of someone special.

“We know that children experience profound sadness, fear, anxiety, and confusion following the death of a loved one. The negative impacts affect their mental, emotional, social, cognitive, spiritual and physical health and development. The unfortunate reality is that most bereaved children are forced to navigate their grief journeys alone. Children’s grief is misunderstood, unrecognized and overlooked because adult caregivers are either overwhelmed by their own emotions, or they are not capable of distinguishing signs of extreme distress in grieving kids. Enjoining peers who understand one another’s pain normalizes the grieving process, provides kids with a safe place to explore feelings and better understand death, connects grieving children to a support network, and instills healthier coping skills. Compassionate grief support combats the incidence of school failure, depression, anxiety, and risk taking behavior involving alcohol, drugs and sex – all of which commonly afflict bereaved kids. Annie’s Hope is the only organization that offers a full array of free support services to the vast, underserved or sometimes wholly unserved population of grieving children in the St. Louis area. Offering programs free of charge to 3,600+ grieving kids and their families annually makes it necessary for Annie’s Hope to raise a minimum of $715,000 every year. Financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations allows thousands of St. Louis area children, who are disadvantaged by intense emotional distress, to find hope for healthier futures. Grieving kids need facilitated peer support to succeed in the classroom, experience decreased incidences of destructive behavior, and find productive ways to express anger, frustration and sadness.”