Jorge Muñoz has made it to the Top 10 of CNN's heroes contest. If you haven't heard Jorge's story, it's a real treat. He was born in Columbia, came to the US in the 1980's and subsequently became a citizen. Lives with his family in a modest home in Woodhaven, works as a bus driver, by most accounts, an ordinary man.
By night, however, he is known as the Angel of Queens. See, when most folks are home resting after a long day's work -- maybe watching TV or playing with their Wii -- Jorge is on the streets, helping to feed those that are less fortunate, those who have run into a rough patch.
Those who are hungry.
At first he started collecting the food that was being discarded by local restaurants, feeding 10 to 15 people through his efforts. But soon, he needed to branch out as the numbers grew. Today, Jorge Muñoz feeds approximately 140 men, women and children each night. It's estimated that he has handed out over 70,000 free meals.
His whole family is part of this act of supreme kindness -- cooking and preparing the food. And above all, sacrificing for the good of others. Mr. Muñoz makes around $700 a week, and spends half of it on others. CNN named Jorge Muñoz a hero back in March, you can read about it here.
Then, just this week, CNN whittled down all their heroes and we're proud to say that Mr. Jorge Muñoz of Woodhaven is in the Top 10. Read about it here.
You know, you go through your life from week to week, worrying about the little stuff. Only, you don't know that it's little stuff you're worrying about. Earlier tonight, one of my CDs got a bad scratch and I was cursing my luck and feeling down. Now I feel like a selfish jerk!
So, if you can, take a few moments to vote for Jorge Muñoz. By making the Top 10, he wins 25K -- which he'll use to pay off some bills. And if he wins the big contest, and becomes CNN's Hero of 2009?
"If I won it would be great because I'd have a budget to help people for at least two years," he says.