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MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Cyclists were all over Sunday morning. Some appeared to be moving slowly thanks to the extra weight of cans.

There were hundreds of them, taking to the streets on a chilly morning, undertaking the warmest of causes.

BicycleWorks volunteer Wilma Schmitz explains, “It’s just wonderful, and it’s a family affair for my family.”

It is called “Cranksgiving.” It’s an annual bike ride where the riders collect canned goods along the way. Proceeds go to Food Outreach, a pantry supporting people with AIDS and cancer.

Taking part in this ride is a challenge.  For starters, you’ve got to buy between $10-$20 worth of canned goods and move them on a bicycle.

Some riders even showed up in costumes.

Cranksgiving is a national bike ride food drive.