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“Cranksgiving” brings in more than 1,200 turkeys for families

The Idaho Food Bank was able to collect over 1,200 turkeys this morning to get ready for families in need next week for Thanksgiving. Which went over their goal.

Over 80 bikers gathered at Barrie’s Ski and Sports shop to help take part in that with “Cranksgiving.” Cranking a bike and giving food at the same time is the ultimate meaning to the name. The popular event first originated back in New York in 1999, and is now recognized globally.

Bikers rode from Barrie’s to the Idaho Food Bank on 1st Ave. and rode back after the delivery of turkeys. The turkeys were transported by a truck, which carried piles and piles of boxes of them.

Branch Manager of the Idaho Food Bank, Rebecca Ristrem said turkeys will be boxed along with all the fixings families will need to create a wonderful thanksgiving dinner. She says families will arrive on Tues. at the Food Bank and pick up their boxes with the free vouchers they were given.

Ristrem is overwhelmed with joy for all of the support and reaching past the contribution goal of turkeys this year.

“It’s the true meaning of Thanksgiving. You know, we talk about our national holiday, we talk about how we should be thankful. Well, these individuals were not just thankful, they were giving to others who are struggling right now,” said Ristrem.

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