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WEST CHESTER, Ohio - While it may look like just a delivery of bathroom tissue to a passerby, the truck carrying cases of Charmin was like bringing paper gold to the people at Reach Out Lakota in West Chester.
"It's a basic necessity that people need along with cleaning products and paper towels," said ROL board member Ian Murray.
A basic necessity that isn't covered by food stamps, and it's not something that people think of when they donate to their favorite charity.
"You don't get a lot of it," said Murray. "And it's nice to be able to hand out rolls to families."
Thursday's bonanza of 5,000 rolls of Charmin tissue got there by way of one good turn taking root and growing through several communities.
It started when Regina Jackson of Hamilton was laid off from her job.
"I came and got food and everything from Reach Out Lakota and Faith Community [Church]," she said.
Then a bizarre twist of fate; Jackson won a $1 million from the Ohio Lottery's New Year's Raffle.
"I was floored," she said.
The first thing that came to mind: pay back those who kept her afloat.
"I'm donating $5,000 to Reach Out Lakota, and also the Faith Community," she said.
She also donated to the Humane Society of Hamilton and a spay and neuter clinic in Madisonville.
When the local newspaper asked about the donations to the pantries, she made an off handed comment:
"If I could, I would donate a truckload of toilet paper, because it's one commodity that they only give you two rolls," she told the reporter.
Word spread and before she knew it Procter and Gamble came forward to match her donation with a truckload of two-ply. P&G produces the popular tissue.
"I love it," Jackson said. "It's like paying it forward."
For herself, she plans to be modest; a new laptop computer, a recliner, which she found on sale, and a trip to visit relatives in Seattle.
She hasn't decided what to do with the rest of her winnings, but she's sure it isn't going to change her.
"I like who I am," Jackson said.
Reach Out Lakota is a food pantry and clothing closet that gives to needy families in West Chester and Liberty Township.
For more information or to donate, visit http://reachoutlakota.org/ .
Faith Community is run by the United Methodist Church in West Chester. Their link is http://www.faithcommunityumc.org/ .
Jackson is expecting her winnings to be delivered to her in early February.
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