Charlotte man on a mission to change the world... with hugs - | WBTV Charlotte

Charlotte man on a mission to change the world... with hugs

(Kristen Hampton | WBTV) (Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

There’s not a chance you’ll meet Al Blakney and not remember it. The 49-year-old Charlotte man is an independent contractor who picks up recycling materials from area businesses and hauls them away. 

But that’s just what he does for work. It’s just a cover for what he considers his real job.

“I’m on a mission to make everybody happy and bring us all together,” Blakney said.

Following him around on his morning routes in a lesson in love. Most every single person he meets - he knows. And every person he knows gets a hug that makes their days brighter.

“It’s always a blessing when he comes into our building. We’re happy that he’s here,” said Lucy Helms with Plyler Paper Stock.

“Jesus puts people in your life that you never expect,” Helms said, “So you need to be open to whoever you might meet during the day.”

Al is one of those people.

His hugs are the kind to win contests with. His smile is even better. His soul carries a duty to make the world a better place. And he fulfills his mission daily.

Copyright 2017 WBTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • CMS school board votes 7-2 to change district's multiculturalism policy

    CMS school board votes 7-2 to change district's multiculturalism policy

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:58 PM EST2018-01-24 04:58:21 GMT
    (Dedrick Russell | WBTV)(Dedrick Russell | WBTV)

    Nearly 40 people approached the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) board at the Tuesday night meeting. They each had one minute to get their point across. The subject was the district's Multiculturalism Policy. Board members voted 7-2 to approve the changes recommended by the policy committee back in October.  

    More >>

    Nearly 40 people approached the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) board at the Tuesday night meeting. They each had one minute to get their point across. The subject was the district's Multiculturalism Policy. Board members voted 7-2 to approve the changes recommended by the policy committee back in October.  

    More >>
  • Pedestrian fatally struck in north Charlotte

    Pedestrian fatally struck in north Charlotte

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:47 PM EST2018-01-24 04:47:25 GMT
    (Alex Giles | WBTV)(Alex Giles | WBTV)

    Officials are on the scene after a pedestrian was struck in north Charlotte Tuesday night. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Sugar Creed Road around 10 p.m. According to reports, it appears to be a hit and run.

    More >>

    Officials are on the scene after a pedestrian was struck in north Charlotte Tuesday night. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Sugar Creed Road around 10 p.m. According to reports, it appears to be a hit and run.

    More >>
  • Silver Alert canceled for missing 80-year-old man in Gaston County

    Silver Alert canceled for missing 80-year-old man in Gaston County

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 10:23 PM EST2018-01-24 03:23:49 GMT

    Carl Harrison Irvin, 80, was last seen on Shadowbrook Road in Mount Holly.

    More >>

    Carl Harrison Irvin, 80, was last seen on Shadowbrook Road in Mount Holly.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly