Happy Cranksgiving! Scavenger Hunt and Food Drive
Having a harvest festival in 1621 meant you wouldn’t starve over the coming winter.
Many of the settlers coming to America would not make it through their first winter and these days, we can plan a three day party like the Pilgrims and Native Americans did and have it catered. We don’t even have to cook it. Today, we live in a society of plenty and while most of us will never know what it truly means to be hungry, there are still Americans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. So to plan for a Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixin’s is probably not in cards and it’s pretty hard to have a harvest festival without the harvest.
In 2014, 48.1 million Americans lived in a food-insecure household.
At BeersNGears, we feel it’s a tragedy that we live in one of the wealthiest nations on earth with the smartest people and the top universities and we can’t figure out how to make sure the very basics of living are obtainable by every single person that lives in this country, but that’s reality.
Now, I’ll admit I’m a dreamer and I do dream of a reality where Americans don’t have to worry about whether to pay their electric bill or buy groceries. Where every American can sit down at a table with friends and family and have stuff to be thankful for and where every American does their part to make that a reality.
I also know dreams can become reality but, how? Wishful thoughts alone don’t seem to produce the results I’m looking for so we must need to take action.
And what action can BeersNGears do to make this a reality?
Do what we do best… drink beer and ride bikes!
Let me explain.
Riders of all ages and abilities can participate in this cross between a food drive and bicycle scavenger hunt. Registration is free but plan to spend $10-20 (or more if you’re feeling generous) on groceries. We’ll hand out a map with grocery stores and a list of items you can buy. You just need a bike, a lock, and a bag to haul your donations. Use our planned route or create your own. Participate as an individual or as a team of up to 4 people.
We’ll be giving out prizes to the male, female and team with the most points and one prize for the best Thanksgiving themed costume.
But Cranksgiving is not about competition, it’s about taking care of our neighbors so they can have enjoy a feast this Thanksgiving and having fun riding bikes… and maybe drinking a beer afterward.
Check out the Facebook event for more info and updates. We hope to see you at the first annual Cranksgiving ride in Winston-Salem!
You can also help us spread the word! Download the poster, print copies and post them around your neighborhood and/or workplaces. And be sure to invite your friends!
If your business would like to donate a prize, cash or service for the ride or you are interested in volunteering at the event please send us a message.
The Cranksgiving artwork was created by Grace Washko.
Grace Washko is a blossoming illustrator/designer who hails from the land of ice and snow or as it it’s natives call it, Minnesota. Upon graduating Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) she moved to North Carolina to pursue a career in both graphic design and illustration. With a passion for both science and art she draws inspiration from the natural world, human history, literature and a broad range of cultural motifs.
You can see her awesome work HERE