Feeding more than 2,000 people every year for 48 years costs a lot of money. That's why today, Hy-Vee presented Mr. Thanksgiving with a check for $13,000.

Thanks to a Moline man, thousands of people who'd be alone on Thanksgiving will enjoy socializing and eating turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and pumpkin pie. Michelle O'Neill reports Bob Vogelbaugh is well-known throughout the Quad Cities area as "Mr. Thanksgiving."

Forty-eight years ago, Bob Vogelbaugh and his parents ran a small grocery store in downtown Moline. When he asked several older customers about their Thanksgiving plans, they said it was just another day to be alone. That's when a "light bulb turned on" and he invited them over for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Mr. Thanksgiving wants to make it clear. He is again inviting people who'd otherwise be alone on the holiday to his annual turkey dinner. Bob Vogelbaugh is also asking for donations to make it possible.

Bob Vogelbaugh with Vicki Birsell-Baker who has helped him serve almost every year
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Mr. Thanksgiving and his volunteers are preparing to serve turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and pie to more than 2,000 people. On Thursday, Bob Vogelbaugh will host his 46th annual dinner at South Park Mall in Moline.

chart shows states where gas  prices declined the most since last month / AAA

Gas prices have dropped to around $2.00 per gallon in the Quad Cities. Beth Mosher, from AAA Chicago, says drivers who buy regular, unleaded gas in Moline and Rock Island are paying an average of $2.01/gal., an 85¢ drop compared to last year. In Bettendorf and Davenport, the average price for a gallon of gas is $1.95, or 75¢ less than a year ago.

 That should make Thanksgiving travelers happy.

Trooper Dan Loussaert

State Troopers will be going door-to-door in Iowa today-- but not for the usual reasons. They'll bring turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie to a needy family in each of Iowa's 99 counties. 

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Before catching Black Friday sales, local residents have a different reason to go to a shopping mall. Thursday Bob Vogelbaugh will host his 44th annual Thanksgiving dinner at SouthPark Mall in Moline. 

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Despite major changes, SouthPark Mall in Moline will still be the site for this year's annual community dinner hosted by Mr. Thanksgiving. Today Bob Vogelbaugh invited everyone to his Thanksgiving feast, which will be held where the Old Navy store used to be. He also requested donations to help pay for the huge meal.This is Vogelbaugh's 44th year hosting the holiday dinner. But, he says it took until last spring for him to realize this is his calling.