Scott Hildebrand, a retired department of corrections worker in the state of Illinois now spends most of his time at Heritage Church in Rock Island where he works during the day and volunteering at night.
“I have been very blessed with what people have given me and I can see how other people are blessed when I can pass it on,” Scott explains.
But the church and helping those with 2 legs is not where Scott’s heart truly lies…
Scott is the president of QC Paws which is a non-profit, volunteer group that supports the needs of the Rock Island County Animal Care and Control Shelter. He doesn’t get any recognition for his volunteer time but he says the animals give him all the thanks he needs.
“They can give you unconditional love, and they give you 100% of their feelings. If you have ever held a puppy or a kitten in your arms, there is no other feeling like that,” Scott says.
His giving spirit, caring heart and selfless services grabbed the attention of Kevin Herrick – one of the pastors at Heritage church.
“Scott is extremely caring; he is actually a really great role model. I think, can I give as much as Scott gives or a tenth of what he gives,” Kevin tells us.
Kevin nominated Scott to win $300 for paying it forward.
Scott decided that the money would go to the first person to adopt a dog and a cat from the Rock Island Animal Care and Control Shelter. After they paid for the adoption, they would receive the money right back. He says he hopes they will choose to pay it forward as well.
Scott also donates plasma. He has recently hit the 35 gallon mark. He says it easy to do when you remember you are saving lives.