Toilet paper roll brings $100 at online auction, proceeds donated

Jeremy Crary hands over a single roll of toilet paper to the highest bidder, Hot Tub pros, for $100. All proceeds will be donated to The Connection Homeless Shelter. (Erika Siebring, KNOP TV).

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - It started off as a joke. One North Platte man auctioned off a single roll of toilet paper for $100.

Earlier this week, Jeremy Crary threw a roll of toilet paper on the 24-Hour Dollar Auction Facebook Page as a quirky way to help the community.

Planning to donate all proceeds to The Connection Homeless Shelter, Crary thought he'd pitch in a few dollars himself. What he didn't expect was North Platte's own Hot Tub Pros to bid $100.

"Well, there's a lot of tension, not that much compassion going on right now in the world, everywhere," Crary said. "Toilet paper is all the craze these days, figured I might as well have some fun with it, do something good and donate it."

Ashley Lewis, executive director of The Connection Homeless Shelter, says the organization is grateful for the donation amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

"It's been a lot we're just trying to put precautions in place. We've been really lucky, all of our clients are healthy right now, so we're trying to get extra food stocked up," Lewis said. "We're keeping up cleaning supplies, which has been difficult, and then try to figure out how to continue serving our community should this spread further than it already has."

The proceeds will go into the shelter's operating costs, helping them to pay for food, utilities and other expenses.