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United Way rolled out over 229,000 rolls of toilet paper to nonprofits

Some of the 229,000 rolls of toilet paper. Aerial view thanks to forklift driver Jeremy Dale at Foodlink.

One week ago people and businesses were dropping off rolls of toilet paper at United Way’s Toilet Paper Drive at Cal Expo.

Today nonprofit representatives from Amador, El Dorado, Placer. Sacramento and Yolo counties picked up their supplies at Food Link on Fruitridge Rd.

One of them was Mary Case with Wellspring Women Center in Oak Park. She’s been volunteering there for 17 years.

"It’s a drop-in center for women and children five days a week," Case said. "We serve breakfast, we have social workers, counselors and in the afternoon we have parenting classes, art classes and we are very close to the Food Bank."

She said it’s a place for women to "come and be."

"Part of the Center, it’s an old firehouse, is a children’s center," Case explained."We have a coordinator there so the moms can sit and have a cup of coffee while somebody’s watching the kids."

Wellspring received 17 cases. There are 96 rolls in a case and the 1632 rolls barely fit into her pickup truck shown below. No room to spare.

The rear of the truck was filled as was the cab. Rolls had to be broken out of a box so the total donation fit.
Mary Case talks with United Way volunteer Cole before she leaves with her filled-up truck.
United Way Emerging Leaders volunteers packed toilet paper into vehicles. According to a press release" the community helped United Way surpass its goal of raising 190,000 rolls of toilet paper in its 90th anniversary year. Last year, the drive raised 177,451 rolls.
Part of the 229,000 rolls await to be picked up.
A Salvation Army truck arrived early to beat the crowds.
United Way created the Toilet Paper Drive in 2009 to help local nonprofits offset the thousands of dollars they spend each year on toilet paper – money they could be spending on vital programs. Since 2009, the drive has raised more than 500,000 rolls of toilet paper for local nonprofits.

A big 70,000 donation from Charmin put them over the top at 229,485 rolls. Many local companies held miniature toilet paper drives to contribute to United Way’s drive. Besides Charmin and Sac-Val Janitorial, other top donors included Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Intel, CSAC Excess Insurance Authority, Allied/Nationwide, The Golden 1 Credit Union, Scott Brand, Simplex Grinnell, Bank of America and International Association of Machinists Local 1946.

Partners include FOX40, Sac-Val Janitorial Supply, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Sacramento Bee, California Emergency Foodlink, Cal Expo, AT&T, The Golden 1 Credit Union, River City Printers, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447, Association of Plumbing Mechanical Contractors and Mechanical Contractors Association."

To read about the day of the TP drive – CLICK HERE

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