Toilet Paper Fundraiser Wipes Out

This post was first published in The Times of Israel.

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Nechemia Newman thought he was on a roll when he collected more than 300,000 toilet paper box tops to raise money for his son’s yeshiva and four other Jewish schools in Brooklyn. But now the makers of Scott bathroom tissue are saying that despite the devoted dad’s fundraising operation — which theoretically brought in $200,000 — they‘re not ready to make the schools flush with cash.

Newman told the New York Daily News Monday that he and a team of parents spent months cutting out box tops, each redeemable for cash as part of the national Box Tops for Education program. He said he sent in just 75,000 coupons, and that Scott must have miscounted.

Whatever the total, the company is not letting him wipe away the fact that he sourced many of his box tops from a wholesale toilet paper supplier. “He buys truckloads and repackages them. He supplies the bodegas and throws out all the packaging,” Newman said.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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