When you see the uncivilized mass trampling each other for a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, you can't help but wonder what the heck our consumption society has come to. Yeah, I get the Christmas of today is a secular, retail-driven holiday that, for the most part, delivers a little bit of happiness to most of us each year. But, jeez, show some civility, people.
So, it's nice to see little local stories emerge every holiday season of people quietly going about trying to give a little back to their communities. And even more, extending civility and dignity to those you could use some.
That's why it was so heartening and touching to read an article by the Union-Tribune's Karla Peterson about a group of teenage friends in Tierrasanta who prepare and distribute giant breakfast burritos every Sunday to the homeless in San Diego. Known as the "Burrito Boys," these soccer playing friends are trying to make a small difference with their big hearts.
Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, the Burrito Boys of Tierrasanta will spend Christmas morning the way they have spent nearly every Sunday morning for the last year. At 7:15 a.m., they will gather in a kitchen to cook and assemble trays full of egg and cheese burritos. Then a couple of parents will drive the boys to downtown San Diego. where they will be greeted by men, women, children and dogs who count the visit from the Burrito Boys as one of the highlights of their week. As it turns out, the feeling is mutual.
"We're going to keep doing this until we have to stop," 14-year-old Julian Wahl said. "This is a part of my week that I really look forward to."