East Bluff man pays it forward by shoveling snow for neighbors

Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 5:51 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - One man in the East Bluff community says after nearly four decades in prison, he’s turning over a new leaf by helping others.

Vincent miles said he starts around 6 a.m. each day, shoveling snow for people in the community who need help, mostly the elderly or people with disabilities.

Many in the community has shown Miles support for the work he does in the community.

“It’s warming. The latter part of it is just overwhelming,” Miles said.

“Kind of feel like you’re doing something,” he added.

Miles spent 37 years in prison for attempted murder.

He said since getting out in December 2020, he’s gotten a lot of help from others.

Now, he’s trying to put his life on a new and better path by paying it forward.

“The clothes, the food, and the things were given to me...and I was like this is a lot of stuff,” Miles continued.

“They’re just like pay it forward. It don’t have to be money. It can you’re time, it can be you’re services. But they was like it got to be pure intentions involved,” he added.

Neighbor Kit Knox said she reached out to Miles on Facebook to help shovel her porch and driveway after having three knee surgeries.

Knox said while she pays what she can, she calls it “awesome” to see Miles there for others during difficult times.

“I woke up and he was out here,” Knox said.

“He was literally with a hand tool, breaking up the ice that the salt did not break up. I was like wow, that’s commitment,” Knox continued. “He was like ‘Imma do a job and Imma do it good.’”

Aside from shoveling, Miles also paints and buffs cars, plus volunteering at the East Bluff Community Center’s food pantry and coaches in youth boxing in the neighborhood.

“I want to keep helping people...I mean why stop?” Miles said.

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