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  • How 1 dad inspires teenagers to make 33,000 burritos for the homeless

    Deborah Grau at The Upbeat1 yr ago

    How 1 dad inspires teenagers to make 33,000 burritos for the homeless

    Peanuts creator Charles Schulz once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” That couldn’t be truer for a group of 15-year-olds from the San Diego area.

    It all started during the 2010 holiday season when Alec Johnson, then 12, gave his parents a fairly lavish Christmas wish list. “I asked for an iPad, iPhone and MacBook.” He says his dad was surprised and said, “I would never buy that for you because all the other people on the street could never get that.”

    “I didn’t want to raise a spoiled child,” says Alec’s dad, Michael. “So we decided to take some steps to give him a little bit more of an education about the realities of life.”

    It was then that Michael and his wife Mehrnaz, came up with an idea to help by feeding the homeless. On a December Sunday, in their small kitchen, the Johnsons and Alec’s friend Luke made 54 egg and cheese burritos and went to downtown San Diego to feed the homeless. Initially, Alec wasn’t completely sold on the idea. “I first thought it was actually a punishment to teach me a lesson, but it turned out to be fun.”

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