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Mr. Thanksgiving's Turkey Dinner Will Be a Drive-Through Affair

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Michelle O'Neill
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Bob Vogelbaugh, Mr. Thanksgiving, at Wednesday's press conference

Just like everyone else, Mr. Thanksgiving has had to rethink plans this year. So, he'll host a drive-through dinner with help from two Hy-Vee stores, South Park Mall, and MetroLink.

Michelle O'Neill reports he'll need community support, too. 

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Mr. Thanksgiving ordered special cookies from Olde Towne Bakery in Moline for reporters and others who attended the press conference at Arby's in Moline. And his holiday decorations are always on point.

Bob Vogelbaugh greeted reporters wearing a custom face covering featuring turkeys and the slogan, "Gobble till you wobble."

Instead of a sit-down dinner inside the mall in Moline, Mr. Thanksgiving has decided to offer traditional turkey dinners for people to pick up. 

It would have been his 50th community dinner, but he's calling it, "49 1/2." 

Most years, Vogelbugh and about 300 volunteers feed around 2,000 people. It's mainly for those who would otherwise be alone on the holiday. 

Mr. Thanksgiving usually announces plans for the dinner a few weeks ahead of time. But he can't go anywhere without people asking him if he's hosting it this year. So he announced his plans early. 

It costs about $20,000 dollars to buy all the food and supplies. Donations to Mr. Thanksgiving can be sent to 3704 26th Street in Moline, 61265. No volunteers will be needed, and no homemade pies will be accepted. He's already ordered pumpkin pies from Sam's Club. 

MetroLink will provide free rides. Reservations can be made by calling 788-3360. 

Vogelbaugh hopes to celebrate his 50th community Thanksgiving dinner next year, in person. 

Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor which really just means she wears many hats, doing everything there is to do in the newsroom and around the radio station. She's a multimedia journalist and serves as Assignment Editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, announcer, news anchor/host, and photographer. She also writes and produces content for WVIK.org and social media and trains interns.
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