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Man Distributes Toilet Paper to Those in Need

It started slow, but after a few attempts, Jonny Blue was on a roll. After reading stories about people hoarding necessities like toilet paper, the 33-year-old physical therapist took to the streets with a simple message adorned on a cardboard sign.

Share your toilet paper,” read the sign that Blue held as he stood on a busy street in San Diego. He said, “It just inspired me to remind people, listen, if you have a lot of something that probably means there are people who probably don’t have very much of it, because you took it all. So, sharing it is probably a good thing to keep in mind.”

The community response was immediate and enthusiastic. Drivers would stop to hand over a few rolls, and just as quickly, others in need would pull up to receive a few. Blue said, “This guy came here and said he just ran out and was going to a bunch of stores and couldn’t find any. Somebody had given me some, so I gave it to him. He was stoked.”

“I think people want a sense of community. When things are really challenging, people are looking to band together and be unified. It feels like I kind of struck on a common theme where people were thinking, ‘Why are people hoarding toilet paper?’ … It’s a simple thing but it’s something that’s really tangible and really affects people’s lives, and when people saw my sign it really resonated with them.”

Possible Preaching Angle:

In times of crisis when others are tempted to hoard, God's people have an opportunity to build community by sharing basic needs with those around them.


Rob Nikolewski and Hayne Palmour IV, “An Unlikely Hero,” San Diego Tribune (3-14-20)

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