A local non-profit that serves the homeless is hosting a collection drive Tuesday for something it says is absolutely necessary. It’s not food or socks or jackets — it’s toilet paper.
Justin Wandro is Development Director at Loaves and Fishes. Dressed as a giant roll of toilet paper, he dances and directs traffic as volunteers unload a truck behind him.
“Everybody needs a place to go and if you don't have a home, you often don't have a bathroom, you need to go somewhere," Wandro says. "Here at Loaves & Fishes we have clean, fully stocked bathrooms that are available for people during the day and we’ve gotta keep them stocked, so we need people to roll on down and dump off some toilet paper for us."
For the last month, at least 40 organizations in the area collected rolls in anticipation of this day.
Jay Burson is with Local 946 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He helped unload a truck carrying 5,000 rolls.
“We have an obligation to help the people that can't help themselves and by delivering toilet paper, that helps a lot of people,” Burson says.
Wandro says Loaves & Fishes will continue to accept donated toilet paper all that week at their location in North Sacramento, near North C and 16th Streets.
Sam-Omar Hall contributed to this story.