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Yarnell Hill Fire: Man feeds 6,000 in wake of tragedy

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Dustin Moscato, 26, leads two lives.

In one, he runs his own catering company and luckily, he can use many of the pans and dishes he stores in his garage for his other identity, as the founder of KCE Disaster Response.

"I don't really care about the kind of house that I live in or the kind of car that I drive. I just want to know that I did something right and made a difference in the world," said Moscato.

If you ask the people of Yarnell, Moscato and his crew of volunteers have already made a difference.

He headed north from the Valley after the Yarnell Hill Fire, thinking that his small group would be able to feed 200 people. But once they got there, and through a lot of hand shaking and hard work, they successfully served 6,000 grateful people in need.

"Our goal is to be the change that we want to see in the world," said Moscato.

However, it was actually a different tragedy that first inspired him.

News coverage of the devastating tornado in Joplin, MO, two years ago prompted him to hit the road.

"They played a video that someone took in a convenience store, and it was just black, and you could hear people screaming, a baby crying out for his mom and just chaos," Moscato remembered. "It was that video that really caught my attention. And I couldn't just sit back. I had to be there and help. So I just bought a ticket and went."

Suddenly there he was, doing all he could in Missouri and shortly thereafter, he found himself in Moore, OK, after a similar tornado. And then of course, Yarnell, where he was gaining precious experiences with each stop.

Renee Rivera volunteers with Moscato. She contacted CBS 5 News' Pay It Forward, hoping to help him with his dream of gaining nonprofit status, so that he could help those in need full time.

"He's the type of man that feels he doesn't deserve any of the blessings that God has given him," said Rivera. "He has put aside his own bills, his own personal things. I make fun of him all the time, 'You need to buy new shoes,' and he's like, ‘No, it can all go to the ministry. I don't need that stuff, these people need it.'"

Rivera was thrilled to be able to award Moscato $500 to help him in his efforts and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Moscato just happened to be two days late on his registration payment for 501-c3 nonprofit status, for an amount, coincidentally, of $500.

"What I really try to encourage people to understand is that it really does only take one person to make a difference, even if it's only in one other life and we're here to exist to be the change we would like to see in the world. We're here to provide people with opportunities to do so," said Moscato. "It just takes a simple act of kindness to change a life."

If you would like to learn more about Dustin's disaster response organization, head to Facebook.com/KceDisasterResponse.

To nominate someone for next week's Pay It Forward, click here.

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