MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – It was another successful year for the Mr. Thanksgiving Dinner in Moline.
Mr. Thanksgiving himself estimates more than two thousand people came out for this four decades long tradition.
For some families it is a chance to get a decent meal they otherwise wouldn’t have. For others it’s a way to find some comfort on a holiday where family is so important. Some are far from home or simply don’t have anyone to celebrate with.
Those eating and volunteers said they are thankful and impressed by this dinner.
“It’s a blessing, it’s wonderful and I wish them well to continue,” said Rock Island resident Paul McGee. “And next year I think I’m going to be a volunteer. Because I feel welcome I feel needed here.”
“Most of the other places are like a charity thing, but this is a community thing and I think it’s really great to bring everybody together to meet one another and just enjoy each other’s company,” said volunteer from California Alanna Lambeth.
Bob Vogelbaugh has been putting on this community meal for 46 years now. It all started as a meal for the staff at his company. To hear the full story click the video below.