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Mr. Thanksgiving Will Host 3rd Drive-Through Turkey Dinner

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Michelle O'Neill
Mr. Thanksgiving (in green shirt and hat) and his team announce this year's drive-through community turkey dinner.

Mr. Thanksgiving will host his 52nd annual community dinner in two weeks. This morning, he invited everyone but especially those who will be alone on the holiday.

Bob Vogelbaugh is organizing a third, drive-through turkey dinner. A year ago, with the help of Hy-Vee, MetroLink, and SouthPark Mall, he served 3,400 people. The first drive-through dinner was in 2020 because of the pandemic. He started the Thanksgiving community dinner in 1970.

Connie McElyea from SouthPark Mall in Moline says the company fully supports Vogelbaugh and his community dinner. But a sit-down meal inside just wasn't possible.

HyVee planned ahead to make sure enough turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the traditional dishes will be available. Employees of the grocery store will do all the work, so no volunteers will be needed.

To donate, just look for these turkeys with Bob's face at Hy-Vee checkout lanes.

Costs have gone up, and Vogelbaugh relies on donations to pay for the meals. You can support the dinner by mailing a check to Mr. Thanksgiving, 3704 26th Street, Moline, 61265. Or donate at any local Hy-Vee store.

Anyone can come by the mall and pick up a free Thanksgiving meal on Thursday the 24th from 4 to 6 PM.

Those who don't have transportation should call Metrolink by noon on Monday, November 21st, to reserve a ride. The number is 309.788.3360.

Click below on the blue capsule to listen to Michelle O'Neill's feature from 2010 when Mr. Thanksgiving hosted his 40th dinner.


Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor. She does everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever may be needed around the radio station.
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