Toilet paper supports local couple

By Christine Simmonds | Mar 19, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds One roll of Scott toilet paper sold at a Thomaston fundraiser for $100.

Thomaston — A single roll of toilet paper sold at a Thomaston spaghetti supper fundraiser for $100 on March 14.

The fundraiser took place Saturday at Oceanside Middle School. The event was to support a Midcoast couple “confronting mounting medical costs,” according to Pete Lammert, chairman of the Select Board, who was present.

Many events that weekend were canceled because of illness concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

After the supper and a silent auction, the larger items were purchased by live auction.

Lammert said this consisted of multiple gift certificates for local items like lobsters and oil changes. Homemade items such as blankets and birdhouses were also auctioned off. The final item was an individually wrapped roll of toilet paper.

“There on the table placed on a piece of white paper with a smile drawn in green ink, was a single roll of wrapped Scott brand toilet tissue,” Lammert said.

He said the toilet paper was not on the initial list of items being auctioned off, but the auctioneer and the “runner” who brought it out seemed pleased to be adding it.

Over the past week basic items like toilet paper have become difficult to find in the Midcoast, resulting from concerns about quarantines. Most store shelves are completely devoid of toilet paper, tissues and baby wipes, along with some food items and cleaning supplies.

Some stores receive more toilet paper and other items daily, but customers line up outside before the shops open to purchase them, and before noon the stores are once again out.

Lammert said the auctioneer began with $1 for the toilet paper, and increased from there.

Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe, also in attendance, said he started bidding at $10. The bidding continued to increase, with Hoppe and others increasing the amount by $10.

Lammert said the audience began to get excited, and applauded each bid.

Hoppe said he got the bid to $90, and the auctioneer suggested “just making it an even hundred.”

The single roll of toilet paper went to the highest bidder for $100.

“We’ve all blown money on stupid stuff that doesn’t matter,” said Hoppe. “This mattered.”

Lammert said it was a wonderful event to be part of and that it really showed “people helping people.”

“I hope the amount bid for it will be a record that stands for a long, long time,” he said.

The successful fundraiser generated over $10,000.

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