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Loaves & Fishes Hoping Toilet Paper Pours In At Annual Drive

Sam-Omar Hall / Capital Public Radio

Ruben Luna of Loaves & Fishes stacks toilet paper during the organization's 8th Annual Toilet Paper Drive, Tuesday Aug. 2 in North Sacramento.

Sam-Omar Hall / Capital Public Radio

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.

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Justin Wandro is the Development Director for Loaves and Fishes as well as occasional toilet-paper-roll-costume-wearer. Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio


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.

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Jay Burson unloads a truck of 5,000 toilet paper rolls at Loaves and Fishes on North C Street in Sacramento. Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio News


Sam-Omar Hall contributed to this story. 

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