Charmin to the rescue at EFR

May 20, 2014

By Staff

“The job is not completed until the paperwork is done,” took on a whole new meaning at Eastside Fire & Rescue recently, when the Charmin Co. delivered free toilet paper to the agency as part of their annual Charmin Relief Project.

The Charmin Relief Project, acting on a Facebook comment, determined EFR to be a good candidate to receive the donation. Charmin donated enough for a year’s use for 20 firefighters.

The Charmin Co. selects one fire department from each state, each year, to receive the donated product. Big and small entities have benefited from the donations since the program began.

A Charmin spokesperson said the project is all about making the firehouse a bit more like a home away from home.

Fire Chief Lee Soptich said he was not aware of the program until a Charmin representative called to ask about a delivery location.

“When we first heard of the project we wondered why us,” Soptich said in a press release. “Then, we quickly took on the Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson charge of, ‘Why not us?’”

Soptich said he is most appreciative of the person in the community who nominated the agency for consideration.

“There is a different feeling now at EFR, as employees compare government-issued toilet paper to the Charmin experience,” he said.

The TP has been distributed to nine of the 16 EFR facilities. The unexpected windfall will save the agency more than $2,000 in operating expenses this year, something Soptich is happy to wipe off the books.

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