Collecting rolls of toilet paper for charity seemed straightforward enough.
Well, that's what Omaha sisters Jayme Massman and Tiffany Coler thought.
“It just really took on a life of its own,” Massman said. “It really spiraled.”
In mid-September, The World-Herald told the story of the sisters' competition. They faced off during the month to see who could collect more rolls for Restored Hope. The loser had to cut 6 inches of her hair.
In that story, Massman said: “We'd love it if we had to rent a U-Haul to get all the toilet paper to the ministry.”
They got their wish.
On Tuesday, Massman and Coler loaded a U-Haul they rented with their own money to deliver the toilet paper to Restored Hope, a Christian-based transitional living facility for single moms leaving drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness or prison.
Restored Hope could store only 7,000 rolls, so the sisters took the remaining 2,000 to Siena-Francis House, a homeless shelter.
Massman gave this rundown of how things “spiraled”:
» World-Herald readers Tony and Lori Stella of Omaha saw the September story and donated $500 to the toilet paper drive. He is a volunteer with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry at Douglas County Correctional Center.
» CSG Systems, Massman's employer, has a gift-match program. Combining what employees gave with the gift-match brought another $750 to the tally.
» The sisters' brother, Kyle Hansen of Denver, donated $350 to Coler's tally, because she was trailing.
» Massman and her husband, Jeff, contributed $500, but they didn't count it toward either sister's total.
» Another $150 came in after the competition officially ended.
“If we would've bought toilet paper with all those funds, it would've been over 25,000 rolls of paper!” Massman said.
“Instead, we used some of the cash to buy (Restored Hope) a crib, a bunk bed, a vacuum cleaner, and the rest was donated” in cash, she said.
So, which sister won, keeping her long tresses?
“We ended in a tie, so we both cut our hair,” Massman said. “All in all, it was a great result!”
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