A store at the Mall of America has quite the Christmas present for the lucky winner of a raffle promotion it's running this week.
Offering a spin on the typical holiday toy drive, gift store Fourpost is raffling off a wooden cabin playhouse made right here in Minnesota.
It's selling tickets for $5, or two for $8, with the winner getting a toy cabin that is surely worth in the many thousands. The deadline for entries is Christmas Eve.
You can find Fourpost on Level 2, South in the MOA.
The raffle is being held to raise money for RECLAIM, a Twin Cities-based group that provides access to mental health services for queer youth, of whom around 80 percent identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.
Speaking at a special event at Fourpost between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday will be Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, who in 2017 became one of the two first transgender candidates to win election to a major city council, alongside fellow council member Phillipe Cunningham.
"We are honored to support this amazing local organization, which does vital work in the community,” says Fourpost founder and CEO Mark Ghermezian.
"RECLAIM helps to create a safe space for queer and trans youth, and we figured that an event in Mall of America at the height of the holiday shopping season was a great way to celebrate their mission and promote awareness."
The cabin itself was built by Hagen and Oats, a custom wood decor and signage company based in Newport, Minnesota, which is an LGTBQ+ affirmative organization run by sisters Nikki Hollerich and Anna Hagen.
“At Hagen and Oats, we strive to empower both our employees and customers by fostering a welcoming community, and we also have a close connection to the LGBTQ+ community," said Hollerich. "That’s why we were so excited to partner with Fourpost and RECLAIM to directly help queer and trans youth get the care they need."