DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – On Thanksgiving, many across the Quad-Cities gave back to the community this Thanksgiving.
Bob Vogelbaugh continued QC’s tradition of service by hosting the 52nd Mr. Thanksgiving Dinner, the largest ever at Southpark Mall.
He said he was overwhelmed by the support the event was getting.
“I’m absolutely on cloud nine,” Vogelbaugh said. “It was amazing to see so many people coming out this year. This has to be one of the biggest cars since I started driving. “The people were just amazing [and] Patience”.
Hy-Vee provided food for the community lunch. District Store Director Tim Chernin makes volunteering a family event.
“Just being together in one thing, it’s special,” Chernin said. “Really just being a part of our great community here in the Quad Cities … it means a lot to all of us.”
Earlier, a group of Davenport churches known as PUNCH hosted a Thanksgiving dinner with dine-in, takeout and delivery options.
One volunteer, June Dominacki, said she was happy to see everyone together.
“We also pick people up and bring them to eat with someone,” Dominacki said. “It’s a lonely time if you don’t have family around. That’s why it’s important to have someone to eat with that makes the day a little better. “
Meanwhile, Kunes Nissan also hosted a similar dinner. Organizers packed lunches to be delivered to anyone in need around town.
General manager Curtis Welch said he has volunteered with other foods in the past and wanted to get the dealer to sponsor one of his foods.
“This is the first year we are doing this. We just wanted to help and give back to the community,” Welch said. “… A kind gift or a kind word can change someone’s life, atmosphere, or attitude for the day. So anything we can do to give back and I just want to be a part of it.”
More than 4,000 plates were handed out between the three meals.
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