An Angel in Queens

by Matt Sinise
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Hot Food for the Needy

Jorge Muñoz lives in a small two-story house in Queens with his mother and sister. A Colombian immigrant, he has always had to work hard to support himself and his family, and he has been jobless since December of last year. While most people would be desperate to find a job for himself, Jorge continues to give to others first. Since 2004, he has served dinners to up to 140 people in need a day. Night after night, he can be found under the Jackson Heights subway station at 9:30 equipped with hot dinner for anyone who needs it, earning him the nickname, “The Angel in Queens.”

On Tuesday morning, while preparing the customary dinner in their home, Muñoz and his family had some unexpected guests: the New York Yankees. Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Boone Logan, and Hiroki Kuroda were among those to show up at the door with ingredients and supplies in hand.

The players tried their hand at seasoning, peeling, sprinkling, and stirring, to help prepare the Colombian sausage and rice on the menu for the evening. After cooking for a couple of hours, the Yankees took a break to present Jorge with a check to the Angel in Queens charity, tickets to that night’s game against the Indians, and a paid vacation to his native Colombia.

Next, Muñoz followed the Bronx Bombers back to Yankee Stadium to watch batting practice from the field and throw out the honorary first pitch. He did not get to fully enjoy New York’s victory that evening as he had to leave early to gather the food and take it to Jackson Heights.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and several front office members traveled with Jorge to help feed the hungry. Cashman was amazed at Jorge’s dedication, calling him “a living saint who does everything for everyone else… and he looks for nothing in return.”

Day two of Hope Week 2012 was a special one for everyone involved. When all was said and done, dozens of hungry individuals left that night with a stomach full of hot food, making the night a huge success.

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