When Johnny Jennings was 18, he made his first visit to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home and it changed the 86-year-old man forever. That day kids ran up and asked him to adopt them, and while he wasn’t ready to be a dad then, he vowed to help. And he’s kept his word, over the last 30 years, he’s donated more than $400,000 to the group.
Not being independently wealthy, Jennings has funded his donations by collecting paper and aluminum products and cashing them in for money. That’s a lot of cans and paper! And he’s collected pennies with church members too - a LOT of them. “84,480 is a mile of pennies,” Jennings says. “We finished 24 miles.”
"Johnny Jennings is one of the most gracious individuals I have ever met,” says Georgia Baptist Children’s Home President Dr. Kenneth Thompson. “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.”