Georgia man, 86, donates $400k of recycling earnings to charity

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 6:38 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2017 at 12:52 PM EDT
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RINGGOLD, GA (WTVM) - Over a span of 32 years, 86-year-old Johnny Jennings has donated $400,000 to the Georgia Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries with profits he received from recycling.

The Georgia Baptist Homes & Family Ministries provides care to troubled children and families. Jennings became involved with the organization through a member of his church.

Jennings initially began recycling as a way to bond with his only son. He continued to recycle regularly after his son left home.

One Ringgold resident wanted to share the story of how Jennings has helped many children over the years and took to her Facebook page to shed light on his good deeds.

As of 2016, he's sold 201 tons of paper, 51,565 aluminum cans, and collected 32,040 pennies.

During the week, Jennings can be seen picking up paper from local businesses and churches and taking it the Chattanooga Recycle. He also receives recycling donations from people who are aware of his passion for recycling.

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