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More than 100,000 cans were used to make the sculptures. (All photos courtesy of Canstruction / Kevin Wick)

A Can-Do Thanksgiving

Artists come together on Thanksgiving to help feed the needy

By Zach Jones | null null , null

Every year on Thanksgiving, many Americans say thanks by giving back to their communities. Some volunteer in food kitchens, while others help out at nursing homes. But some choose to help in a more unusual way—by building sculptures out of canned food.

Canstruction is an annual competition in which teams of artists build elaborate sculptures out of canned food, which are later donated to the hungry. Last year’s Canstruction events raised more than 2 million pounds of food for Americans who most needed help.

This Thanksgiving, Canstruction contests were held in towns and cities all across America. One of the biggest was in New York City, where teams used more than 100,000 cans to create the sculptures. Most of the cans were collected through food drives. City schools, charities, and businesses provided healthy and nutritious canned goods like soups, beans, and vegetables.

Teams shaped the cans into everything from shoes to seahorses. One sculpture was built to look like a bowling alley, another like the Titanic sinking into the ocean, and still another was an Angry Bird from the popular video game. One team even made a miniature Brooklyn Bridge from cans of tuna and ham.

Judges picked their favorites and handed out awards based on creativity, the number of cans used, and how well the cans were stacked.

All cans are being donated to local charities in New York. Volunteers broke down the sculptures on Monday so that the cans could be delivered to charities before Thanksgiving Day.

SCHOLASTIC KIDS PRESS CORPS: Click here to read a report from last year’s Canstruction event by Kid Reporter Grace McManus.

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