86-Year-Old Man Spends Decades Collecting Scraps to Raise Over $400,000 for Children's Home

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One moment changed this man’s life forever.

Johnny Jennings is 86 years old and spent most of his life giving back to his community, TODAY reports. Jennings first visited the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home was he was 18 and had children begging him to adopt them.

“When we went to leave, these three little boys grabbed me by the knees and said, ‘Will you be my daddy?’” Jennings told TODAY. “And I said I’ll do what I can. That took my heart, right there.”

Although he was not ready to adopt a child, that day stuck with him for the rest of his life. He decided he would contribute to the home financially, but would do so by cashing in paper and aluminum products for money.

Over the last 30 years, Jennings has donated more than $400,000 to Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.

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"Johnny Jennings is one of the most gracious individuals I have ever met,” Georgia Baptist Children’s Home President Dr. Kenneth Thompson said. “I have always admired his quiet, humble spirit, his commitment to helping others and most of all, his love for the children in our care.”

Members of Jennings’ church helped him by dropping paper products off at his home. He has even collected over 24 miles worth of pennies.

“84,480 is a mile of pennies,” Jennings said. “We finished 24 miles. We had most people from church collecting pennies.”

Jennings presents a check to the church every year and has served as a board member for 20 years. “I’ve been a trustee for 20 years,” Jennings said. “I’m just part of the family.”


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