An 86-year-old man has raised $400,000 for charity by recycling

12 May 2017

Jonny Jennings began a recycling project as a way to bond with his 17-year-old son and has since managed to raise $400,000 and donated the sum to a children's charity.

The generous recycler began his project in 1985 as a hobby, collecting recyclable paper and aluminium cans and selling them to recycling firms. The father and son duo deposited their earnings into a savings account and watched as the figure built over 32 years.

Jennings successfully recycled over 9 million pounds of paper during the course of his hobby and as a result managed to save over $400,000 in profit.

In May last year, Jonny Jennings donated his earnings from recycling to a local children's charity, the Georgia Baptist Children's Home & Family Ministries. 

Jennings states: "It's more a blessing to give than to receive."

Even after devoting the past 32 years to recycling and eventually donating such a large sum to charity, Jennings plans to continue in an attempt to raise even more money for the charity, saying that he won't stop "until the undertaker turns my toes up."

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