Photo by Shaun Cerisano

Once again, Victorians have stepped up and shown their compassion for others.

At this year’s event, thousands of rolls of toilet paper and hundreds of pounds of feminine hygiene products were donated at the 5th annual TP the Town event. 

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To be exact, there were 105,000 rolls of toilet paper and 324 pounds of feminine hygiene products collected during the all-day event.

This was also the first time in the event’s 5 year history in Victoria that organizers collected feminine hygiene products. 

75 volunteers collected donations at 22 different grocery stores across Victoria in the annual drive to help those less fortunate in the community. 

Originally founded in 2012 in Kingston, Ontario, TP the Town was created to focus on helping people who are forced to choose between food or purchasing toilet paper. 

“TP the Town is more than an event, it’s a movement and a cause in itself. Nobody should be forced to choose between toilet paper and personal hygiene products.” said Shaun Cerisano, TP the Town Co-Founder.

“We understand how that forced choice adds to the mental health crisis in our community. We are proud that we can play a pivotal role in providing dignity to people in need in our own backyard,”  added Cerisano.

Proceeds from the event were donated to the Mustard Seed Food Bank with further distribution to other local food banks through Food Share Network.