10. Hop on Your Bike for Cranksgiving

A man in a turkey costume celebrates with a crowd of people at CranksgivingImage Courtesy of Cranksgiving

“Part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt,” Cranksgiving is a fun charity event on wheels. Held annually in New York City since 1999, this crowd-sourced event has helped to provide thousands of needy families with food during the week of Thanksgiving. Individuals set up Cranksgivings all over and on multiple dates, so you can pick when you want to participate. the last available Cranksgiving will set off from Brooklyn on December 7th.

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. 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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