Whitaker is asking area residents to save their empty soup, meat, vegetable and drink cans by putting them into plastic garbage bags and bringing them to him to recycle. The money raised from the cans will be donated to the building fund for New Prospect Baptist Church.
Whitaker said when he was born, the doctors told his parents that he would only live two or three years. He is now 31 years old, lives independently and hopes that his story will serve as inspiration for others in the community. Whitaker credits God’s plan for his life with his success, although he is grateful for the help of family and friends throughout his life.
“God has really done a great job in my life. ... If you don’t know God like I know God, I am praying and hoping you will get to know God like me,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker attends New Prospect Baptist Church, visits and calls other parishioners and creates cards on his computer to further the ministry. He also works at the Natatorium and enjoys riding his bike, but wanted to do more to give back to the community. He hopes this project will allow him to help with building the new church while helping to keep cans out of landfills.
For more information on the program, contact Whitaker at (205)295-0737 or on his cell at (205)275-6066. Cans can be dropped off at the church or Whitaker will make arrangements to pick them up.