Hometown Hero: Man’s mission to feed the poor

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The American Red Cross is honoring some Hometown Heroes. Those are businesses and individuals who exemplify courage, kindness, and unselfish character.

FOX21 is highlighting this year’s community service honoree. His name is Randy Sirota and he is now the director of the nonprofit organization More than a Meal. The organization feeds the homeless every Saturday morning and provides clothing as well as toiletries.

In 2012, Sirota said, he knew his mission was to help others.

“It was a way to get a hands on way to help the community to people who are in need and trying to get back out of homelessness and poverty,” said Sirota.

Every week, More than a Meal serves more than 130 people on average and more than 7,000 a year at the Legacy Wesleyan Church in Colorado Springs.

“When we have people who come back and tell us their stories of success where they’ve got a job, they’ve got a car fixed so they can go to work, and they can also sleep in that car instead of being outdoors in a tent, it’s some of the prayers that are answered,” said Sirota.

Sirota said through his faith he hopes to change lives even by listening to their stories.

“That lending ear really warms somebody’s heart for that day and they remember that conversation for a week or longer,” said Sirota.

Hometown Heroes will get their awards March 17 at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs.>> For tickets and information on becoming a Red Cross volunteer, click here.

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