10 fun ways to be charitable this Thanksgiving

Yolofoodbank Turkeyillo
Courtesy of Yolo Food Bank
Nearly 1,000 participants are expected at the "Running of the Turkeys" 5K, a Thanksgiving Day race to benefit Yolo Food Bank.

’Tis the season of giving, and we’ve rounded up 10 fun and unique ways you can be charitable around the region this Thanksgiving—whether it’s taking a selfie, baking a pie, rocking out to KISS songs, or trotting through a Turkey Day 5K.

Bring a bird to the Sacramento Food Bank Turkey Drive
Nov. 21
Swing by the Sacramento Food Bank’s Oak Park campus and drop off a fresh or frozen turkey for Thanksgiving. Donors don’t even need to leave their car; volunteers will be on hand to unload turkeys from your vehicle as you drive through. Last year, the community donated over 7,000 turkeys that were distributed by the food bank to families in need throughout the region. 4:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 3333 3rd Ave. 456-1980. sacramentofoodbank.org

Rock out for a good cause
Nov. 22
KISS fans can rock and roll all night to the sounds of Bay Area tribute band Destroyer, who will perform at the downtown bar Shenanigans. You’ll hear classics like “Detroit Rock City” and “Black Diamond” and throughout the night, Shenanigans will be hosting a turkey drive for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, with half-price entry for show-goers who bring a turkey donation. 9 p.m. $10 ($5 with turkey donation). Shenanigans. 705 J St. 442-1268. shenaniganssacramento.com

Drive your pie to a pie drive
Nov. 23
Join the Atomic Angels, a women’s charity group, for its fourth annual pie drive benefiting Loaves & Fishes of Sacramento. Win door prizes and start your holiday shopping at a vendor fair with homemade items like jewelry, candles and clothing and enjoy acoustic tunes by local acts Lauren Wakefield and Liz Sivell while you browse. All you need for entrance is a homemade or store-bought pie, which will in turn be served at the Loaves & Fishes Thanksgiving meal for the homeless and hungry on Nov. 25. 12-3 p.m. Back 9 Sports Bar & Grill. 7925 Arcadia Dr. Citrus Heights. 723-1658. facebook.com/TheAtomicAngels

Donate to the Loaves & Fishes Thanksgiving food drive
Through Nov. 24
Sacramento Loaves & Fishes is hosting its annual Thanksgiving meal with 300 turkeys, 400 pies and 200 cans of yams to 1,000 homeless men, women and children on Nov. 25. To meet those needs, the organization will be seeking food donations to its warehouse on North C St. through Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. If you can’t donate food, Loaves & Fishes is also gathering pairs of new socks for the homeless in hopes of passing them out at the Thanksgiving meal. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Loaves & Fishes Warehouse. 1351 North C St. 446-0874. sacloaves.org

Snap a selfie
Through Nov. 27
The Better Business Bureau of Northeast California is challenging the region to take selfies for a good cause. For every selfie uploaded on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #bbbdonateyourselfie until Nov. 27 at midnight, the BBB will donate $1 to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, up to $10,000. (So far, the campaign has raised more than $700.) To donate an additional dollar, you can post your selfie on the BBB’s Facebook page. bbb.org

Give the gift of farm-to-fork
Farm Fresh to You, which delivers boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables grown at Capay Organic farm to the community through its CSA (community supported agriculture) program, has an ongoing Donate-A-Box program with regional food banks so that anyone can contribute to either the Sacramento Food Bank or the Yolo Food Bank. Thanksgiving week’s box recipients will receive fruits and vegetables in-season for fall like Gala apples, butternut squash, cranberries, pomegranates and potatoes. Since August, Farm Fresh to You customers have donated 2,500 boxes to food banks around the state, and the program will continue throughout the year. 800-796-6009. farmfreshtoyou.com

Trot through the Run to Feed the Hungry
Nov. 27
Touted as one of the largest Thanksgiving Day fun runs in the country, more than 28,000 participants are expected to join in this year’s Run to Feed the Hungry, which benefits the Sacramento Food Bank. Choose from a 5K or 10K route through the tree-lined streets of East Sacramento and afterward stop by the post-race party for live music and sponsor giveaways. $45 ($35 until Nov. 21; $40 Nov. 22-26). 8:15 a.m. for 10K; 9 a.m. for 5K. J St and Carlson Dr. 456-1980. runtofeedthehungry.com

Join in the Running of the Turkeys
Nov. 27
This year’s sixth annual 5K run in historic downtown Woodland on Thanksgiving morning benefits the Yolo Food Bank and is expected to draw almost 1,000 participants. Dutch Brothers will be providing coffee drinks before the race and prizes will be given out for categories like “First Dog to Cross the Finish Line” and “Best Dressed Group.” $30. 8 a.m. Heritage Plaza. 600 Main St. Woodland. 530-668-0690. runningoftheturkeys.org

Take part in the Elk Grove Turkey Trot
Nov. 27
Runners and walkers alike are invited to this family-friendly sixth annual run at Cosumnes Oak High School in Elk Grove on Thanksgiving morning, which includes a 5K, 10K and quarter-mile kids fun run. The run benefits two organizations: Courage Worldwide, which raises funds to rescue girls from sex trafficking and the Runnin’ for Rhett Foundation, which promotes community fitness programs. $34 for 5K and 10K. $14 for kids fun run. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cosumnes Oaks High School. Elk Grove. 8350 Lotz Pkwy. 517-1616. courageworldwide.org

Gobble your way through the Roseville Turkey Trot
Nov. 27
Burn off those calories before your Thanksgiving meal during this 5K and 10K fun run through downtown Roseville that benefits the City of Roseville’s at-risk youth programs. The city’s fitness instructors and a DJ will be on hand to provide participants with an energetic warm-up routine before the race, and you can enjoy pastries and fruit post-race. The city has also partnered with Saint Vincent DePaul to collect canned goods on race day to benefit those less fortunate. $40 for 5K. $45 for 10K. $35 for runners ages 14 and under. 9 a.m. Vernon Street Town Square.
311 Vernon St. Roseville. 774-5200. roseville.ca.us