In February, DeKalb County officials sponsored a toilet paper drive to benefit metro-Atlanta homeless individuals.
The drive, held Feb. 12-23 sponsored by the office of DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, was in partnership with Love Rolls Inc. and netted more than 6,500 donated rolls.
Some might say Love Rolls Inc. is a unusual nonprofit, because it’s run by two sisters—ages 12 and 17.
The organization was started by older sister Kendall Robinson, who said she got the idea after volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. During her time as a volunteer, she said a man told her he had to ration one roll of toilet paper for personal use for more than a month.
“I was talking to my mom and I was telling her I couldn’t believe he didn’t have toilet paper. I wanted to do something. I wanted to help,” Robinson said.
Inspired by the man’s story, Robinson said she created Love Rolls Inc. in 2015. To date, the organization has collected approximately 225,000 rolls of toilet paper and distributed 125,000 rolls to the homeless and to those impacted by natural disasters.
“This is very humbling,” Robinson said. “It allows me to be more appreciative and I feel so blessed to be able to make a difference.”
DeKalb County officials said its goal was to collect 3,000 rolls of toilet paper during the drive.
“When people think about serving the homeless, needy and those who have gone through a natural disaster, they immediately think about food and shelter. The reality is toilet paper is one of our most basic needs,” Thurmond said. “Love Rolls helps to address this need so that recipients are able to maintain both health safety and their dignity.”
Robinson is joined by her younger sister, Kaylin, who said her sister is an inspiration.
“I think she’s doing a great job. I wouldn’t be able to last one month without toilet paper, so for her to [create Love Rolls, Inc.], I think she’s done really well,” Kaylin said.
The sisters have big plans for the future. The goal for Love Rolls Inc. is to distribute one million “love rolls” across the world. Kaylin said she would like to take the organization to an international level.
“While my sister goes off to college, I’m going to maintain the business here,” Kaylin said.
The sisters, who attend Greater Atlanta Christian School, both said they enjoy the extra time they are able to spend together. Their mother, Felicia, said she’s happy her children are so involved in helping others.
“It’s tiring, it’s rewarding and just very fulfilling as a mom. I have no regrets. When I go to sleep, I know there’s a legacy being left behind of compassion and caring. Every parent wants a smart child, but above all, I just wanted them to be good, caring and kind people,” Felicia said. “We just want to thank [DeKalb CEO] Michael Thurmond and LaKeitha Carlos for rolling with us.”
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