January 20, 2014 12:00 PM

BURRITO BOYZ

San Diego

LIFE LESSON: When Alec Johnson, then 12, gave his parents his 2010 Christmas wish list (a smartphone, a $125 jersey and other pricey items), he got something very different – a weekend trip downtown with dad Michael, 49, mom Mehrnaz, 49, and best friend Luke, also 12. Their mission: handing out breakfast burritos made in the Johnsons’ kitchen to homeless men and women.

A CHANGED KID: “Our first person was a guy named David, who was under a bridge,” recalls Alec, now 15. “He was really nice, and we connected right away.” Today Alec and his posse (burritoboyz.org) have served up 51,000 burritos on 166 consecutive Sundays. Says Cordaryl Johnson, 26, an unemployed construction worker: “These burritos keep us going till our next meal. God bless these kids.”

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