Mr. Thanksgiving announced plans for 48th free community meal

MOLINE, ILL. (KWQC) - It's that time of year again. Time to start organizing the annual community Thanksgiving dinner in the Quad Cities.

The man who has been involved for over 40 years met with reporters Thursday morning to talk about this year's plans and to clear the air about his involvement.

Last year, Bob Vogelbaugh", also known as "Mr. Thanksgiving" announced he would retire after his 50th year. But that's still two years away and he says the confusion is hurting this year's effort.

"95 percent of the public still thinks last year was my final year and I can tell you the support went right down," Vogelbaugh said.

This will be his 48th year of organizing a free Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings at SouthPark Mall in Moline. Every year, more than 2,000 people come to eat and hundreds more volunteer their time. After Vogelbaugh retires, the event will be taken over by a grade-schooler, Isaac Rumler and his family.

More information:
Volunteers can show up anytime after 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day to help set-up, serve and clean-up.
Dinner will be served from 4 - until 6 p.m. in the Von Maur Court at the mall.
Pies can be dropped off at the mall office on Wed. Nov. 21. (Please no refrigerated pies)
Pies can be brought to the Von Maur Court on Thanksgiving day

Send monetary donations to:
Mr. Thanksgiving
3704 26th St.
Moline, IL 61265

Transportation is free to the event through MetroLink. Call by noon Tues. Nov. 20 to make a reservation (309) 788-3360