What do you get when you combine a bike ride with a Thanksgiving food drive? You get Cranksgiving, a Thanksgiving volunteer opportunity that actually pays off this holiday season. As we gather with our families and consume massive amounts of food each November, it’s also important to keep in mind those who aren’t so fortunate. And while your first thought might be to take the more traditional route and spend time helping at a soup kitchen come turkey day, the truth is that many of these organizations get overcrowded with volunteers during the holidays. In fact, unless you’ve undergone weeks of volunteer training ahead of time, some places prefer you lend your talents in other ways on other days of the year. So get on your bike, and give back by participating in Cranksgiving instead.
So what is Cranksgiving, you might ask? Founded in 1999, the first Cranksgiving was organized by a group of big-hearted bike messengers in New York City. That explains why it’s less like a traditional charity ride and more like an alleycat race (a sort of urban scavenger hunt for bike messengers). Participants get a manifest, hop on their bikes, and ride to various grocery stores across the city to buy non-perishable foods, which will be donated to local soup kitchens or food pantries in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. All you need to participate is a bike, a bike lock, backpack and $15-25 for food donations. When is this great event? November 21, 2015 @ 1pm. The event is located at 600 E Capitol Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202, the Post Office parking lot.