86-year-old raises $400,000 and then gives it away

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  • Recycling started off as a lesson to his son
  • Every dime he earns goes to a ministry

(CNN)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."