KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Denis Kweri recycles cans, the money helps his community halfway around the world. When he isn't collecting aluminum cans from his Northland church, family and friends, he's combing Kansas City. He got permission from city leaders to collect cans from the health department and his job at the aviation department.
"I am so desperate for money," he said. But he doesn't keep it. He sends it back to his village in Sudan that he left more than a decade ago. When a recent visit revealed the people he grew up with are still desperate for food and water on a daily basis, he knew he had to do something.
"I see aluminum cans all over," he said. "I say, you know what? Ok. I can collect aluminum cans. If I can get the entire city of Kansas City to give me aluminum cans, I can take care of my village."
For the past three years he has, saving enough money from recycled cans to feed more than a thousand people a Christmas meal. Nine churches get $200 a piece.
He also feeds a village in Uganda and wants to do even more including building water wells, schools, and churches in those communities. If you'd like to know how to help, go to his website .