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Cyclists gather items for ‘Cranksgiving’ food drive

Cyclists gather items for 'Cranksgiving' food drive

Hope Cyclery co-owner Jarrod Bunk provides riders details about the Cranksgiving food collection drive Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, outside the bike shop on Railroad Street…

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Hope Cyclery co-owner Jarrod Bunk provides riders details about the Cranksgiving food collection drive Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, outside the bike shop on Railroad Street in downtown Johnstown. Hope Cyclery co-owner Jarrod Bunk carries some donated items for the Cranksgiving food collection drive on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Bicycle riders headed out from Hope Cyclery’s new location on Railroad Street on Saturday to peddle through the streets of Johnstown – and to visit a few supermarkets along the way – as part of the Cranksgiving food drive.

Participants were to visit designated stores to purchase items, such as stuffing mix, chicken broth, instant coffee, canned soup, peanut butter, diapers, baby formula and hand soap. And, for those feeling particularly ambitious, maybe even a frozen turkey.

They were then to ride back to the shop and turn in the donations.

Hope Cyclery plans to soon give the items to local nonprofits that will disperse them to those in need.

“I think it’s important for any community to have this kind of mindset,” David Lane, a new co-owner of Hope Cyclery, said. “It’s definitely something that people do around Thanksgiving, around Christmas. They volunteer more at soup kitchens and donate more food and whatnot.

"For a bike shop to throw an event like this – where people have to be on their bikes and going around to grocery stories and buying stuff – it just makes it even a little more (meaningful) for people from the community to do that sort of thing together.”

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