Lottery winner gives away free toilet paper to the needy

Toilet paper illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

A lottery winner decided to give back to the community by donating to an organization that gives away free toilet paper to the needy among other things, according to press reports in Ohio.

Charmin, the toilet paper company, donated toilet paper on behalf of one of the new winners of the Ohio Lottery.

Regina Jackson had vivid memories of the help she received from Reach Out Lakota, when she was out of work for seven months. The nonprofit organization provides the needy with food and clothing in Butler County, located in southwest Ohio.

After winning $1 million in the year-end raffle for the Ohio Lottery, she said that she would like to donate a shipment of toilet paper, or at least enough cash for one, to Lakota. Jackson, 60, recalled that she and her 81-year-old mother had to ration toilet paper after she was fired from her job.

Procter & Gamble Company executives decided to do something when they learned about Jackson’s wish.

"When we learned of Jackson, we were inspired," Charmin spokesperson Laura Dressman, said.

The Cincinnati-based consumer products company will donate 5,000 rolls of Charmin, with a retail value of more than $4,000 on behalf of Jackson.

Reach Out Lakota distributed 5,500 rolls of toilet paper last year. The donation means Jackson’s $5,000 donation will go towards food and clothing instead of toilet paper.

"I could not wish for anything better," Jackson said.

Reach Out Lakota said that it helped 2,445 families in need last year. Jackson recalled how she was reluctant to ask for help, but had no choice until she was called back to her job as a customer service representative.