Man with a mission gets surprised by FOX4’s ‘Pay It Forward’ crew

Pay It Forward

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Steve Miller may be retired but he’s still working. 

During the pandemic, he made it his mission to single-handedly pick up and deliver food to those in need in Kansas City’s old Northeast neighborhood.

“Steve is the definition of a public servant,” said Molly Manske with the Mattie Rhodes Center. “He not only serves our clients, but he helps the KCPD community interaction officers to distribute food using his own car, his own gas and his own time.”

The Mattie Rhodes Center supports the community through social services, behavioral health counseling and the arts. 

And now, because of Steve and the pandemic, they’re distributing food, too.

Manske said everyone needs a Steve Miller.

She said when he’s offered gas money, Miller just responds that he’s doing the Lord’s work.

But recent health issues and car trouble have left him without transportation, so Manske nominated him for FOX4’s Pay It Forward award to ease his financial burden.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Miller said after Manske handed over the $400 gift card.   

And asked why he volunteers so many hours at the Mattie Rhodes Center, Miller simply said, “because I love what I do!”

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