Thirty-two years’ worth of recycled newspapers and magazines — more than nine million pounds of it — netted 86-year-old Johnny Jennings $400,000, all of which he gave away to those in need.
Recycling started off as a lesson to his son, Brent Jennings, about healthy money habits. Back in 1985, the Georgia native began collecting and selling paper with his only child, then put their profits into a savings account.
“The first memory I have of my Dad is of us recycling,” said Brent Jennings. “We did that until I was about 17.”
Years later, the money saved from recycling was enough for Brent Jenning’s down payment on his first home.
Now that the son is grown with a family of his own, Johnny Jennings continues to recycle. Community members are involved now, sending books, food, clothes and other items his way.
Every dime he earns goes to Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries. …