Baton Rouge cyclists collect hundreds of pounds in donations for local food bank
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge cyclists united in the spirit of giving on Sunday for the annual Bike Baton Rouge Cranksgiving 2017.
Bicyclists, young and old, hopped on and hit the pavement for a cause that provides the Greater to Rouge Food Bank with much-needed donations.
“It’s a fun day, for a great cause, beautiful weather, and your riding your bikes, it’s a lot of fun,” said Gilles Morin, a participant in this year’s event.
Cranksgiving is a holiday tradition for cities around the country. The charitable event gathers large groups of people on bicycles together to give back during the holidays.
Here in Baton Rouge, the fundraiser is in its third year, according to President of Bike Baton Rouge Mikka Torkkola.
“So, the general gist is, folks show up we give them a map and grocery list,” Torkkola said. “They pedal around Baton Rouge to these grocery stores and pick up a Thanksgiving-type item, and then all the items they bring back we donate to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.”
After take-off, bikers raced into local stores, picking up items to give back to those in need. Even the youngsters, got in on the action.
“It’s like a great big scavenger hunt,” said Sam Stroope, whose two children are participating. “So it's fun for them I think in that way.”
Charity and a great cause was reason enough for 65 participants to come out this year. They collected 550 pounds of food, 150 pounds more than last year.