5. Cranksgiving

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Cranksgiving bills itself as “part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt.” Held annually in New York City since 1999, this charity event has helped to provide thousands of needy families with food during the week of Thanksgiving. All you need is a bike, a bag, a lock, and about $15-$25 to buy food. There is no registration cost and there is no advance registration necessary. You simply show up to a meeting location, grab a grocery list, and head out to collect your supplies. All donations collected are then given to a local charity. Cranksgiving events are organized locally and while Manhattan’s just passed, there will be a Brooklyn based event on December 1st. You can find out more information on that event here. Prizes will be given away to the first-place male/female/out-of-towner, and to best costume and most generous donor/rider!

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