Mr. Thanksgiving celebrates 51 years of bringing the Quad-Cities together | Local News

For the 2nd year in a row, it was a drive-up operation with Hy-Vee and their volunteers hustling to get the food prepared, loaded and provided to the automobiles as they bring up.

“It’s not the same,” Vogelbaugh laments. However perhaps next year, for several years 52, individuals can eat together, side-by-side inside.

Standing in the middle of the SouthPark Mall parking lot greeting the individuals parking and waiting to get in line, a girl was speaking with Vogelbaugh.

If he required any other factor for the supper, she provided it to him. She is a widow and her kids can’t make it this year. She was alone and simply wished to go out and be around individuals. “You know you are loved,” he informed the lady as the line progressed. She understood, Vogelbaugh indicated every word.

Cent Machu, likewise a widow, stated her kids couldn’t show up. It was her very first time to participate in the occasion.

“The kids usually come up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but my son is out of town,” Machu stated. “They live in Missouri and he called and said, ‘I don’t think I can drive up.’ I’m not going to bake a whole turkey for myself.”

Tim Cernin of Hy-Vee stated this is the business’s 17th year assisting Vogelbaugh with Thanksgiving.

“Bob might say it’s his 51st year, but he’ll always go back to it’s his 49th year because we can’t all join together and sit down for the meal,” Cernin stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.