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Generous donations extinguish firefighters' toilet paper shortage

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(Credit: WJBK| Firefighters receive supplies (Credit: WJBK| Firefighters receive supplies

Facing a critical shortage of supplies like toilet paper and soap, firefighters in the city of Detroit continue to receive an overwhelming response from the community.

Charmin has donated more than 70,000 rolls of toilet paper to help alleviate a supply shortage for firefighters across the city.

An 18-wheeler delivered the precious cargo to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation on Thursday which will then be distributed to individual firehouses across the city in the future.

Detroit firefighter Jim Plieth said, "It's sad it had to come to this. It's hard for people to understand when we talk about needing gear and equipment. But when it comes to basics and having to wipe your rear-end, that hits home."

FOX 2 first reported the critical shortage in supplies for firefighters last month, leaving crews struggling without the basics such as toilet paper and hand soap. The city blamed the shortage on a vendor problem, others said it was because of Detroit's on-going financial crisis.

Plieth said, he's received calls from fellow firefighters from around the country offering to help by sending supplies, "it's embarrassing" he said.

Cathy Govan, Executive Director of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation said, "This shows that at the end of the day when people are down, the community wants to come together to lift everybody up. Radio station Channel 955 contacted Charmin about the shortage and helped coordinate today's delivery.

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