Building a toilet paper fort sounds like the perfect way to kill time during the coronavirus lockdown.
But YouTubers Justin Stuart and Andrew Scites, who go by the moniker MoreJStu, already had their fun — so they decided to put $5,000 worth of tissue rolls to good use after they heard about a nationwide shortage of the paper product. The benevolent duo, who boast a following of 5 million on the video site, had originally purchased enough TP to fill a U-Haul moving van to build a makeshift castle, complete with drawbridge and a cushy paper throne. Building forts out of random materials, such as “Fifty Shades of Grey” DVDs, is something the two are known for.
The video of their paper castle, published last October, drew over a million views.
“With everything going on in the news, toilet paper has actually become a hot commodity,” explains Scites in their latest upload. “It is nearly impossible to find any of this for sale.”
Since early March, the embattled home good has been a central figure in the coronavirus lockdown. As families have sheltered indoors indefinitely, many scrambled to the stores to stock up on one of America’s most comforting commodities — and it didn’t take long for toilet paper stock to go scarce. In the last few weeks, the world has read bizarre reports of mobs mad-rushing supermarkets, desperate 911 calls and opportunistic street hustlers — all spawned as a result of the global shortage.
With thousands of rolls left over from their stunt, the social-media stars loaded up their van and delivered toilet paper door-to-door in their hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo.
“We know there’s a bunch of people that didn’t get a chance to buy toilet paper,” said Stuart. “There’s a shortage, and we’ve got a good supply.”
After filling the caddy of an ambulance — yes, they own an ambulance — full of packaged toilet paper, they decided to first help some of those hit hardest by COVID-19: the elderly.
“For our first stop, we are going to go to a few senior living locations,” Stuart said, “because we know it’s a little more difficult for senior citizens to get the needed supplies such as toilet paper, and we want to be able to help them out first.”
Next, they headed to a supermarket parking lot with the hope of helping families who came up short on a grocery run. The gesture caused a few customers to tear up.
“I love how toilet paper can make people’s day,” said Stuart.
With the remainder of their wiping wares, the pair unloaded outside of a Target store.
“You saved my family,” one mother told them. Others asked in disbelief, “Are you sure?”
“What’s the catch?” one group asked.
“There is no catch,” Scites responded. “We’re just making a YouTube video.”
Scites later joked to CNN that, a few months ago, people would have thought they were crazy for handing out toilet paper on the street.
“But after giving it out now, people were on the verge of tears, telling us we saved their families,” he said. “It was really unexpected, but it was awesome to be able to bless people that way.”
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