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Omaha non-profit helping out with toilet paper shortage

Posted at 7:17 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 20:17:44-04

OMAHA, NE — If you have gone to any grocery store or online shopping site, you know that everyone is out of toilet paper due to coronavirus panic shopping.

One Omaha non-profit company decided to help out the situation.

Outlook Nebraska is a non-profit that employs blind and visually-impaired people. They make a variety of paper products that are sold mainly to the federal government.

The company decided to divert some of its production to supply 1000 cases of towels and toilet paper for sale to the public. People were able to place orders online and then go the the company's building to pick up their orders.
On Thursday, cars were lined up to pick up the hard-to-find items. As people stayed in their cars, workers brought the orders out and loaded them into the cars.

Outlook Nebraska CEO Eric Stueckrath said the company decided they wanted to do what they could to help out.

"As people started having a hard time finding tissue and towels in storefronts we thought we could share a little bit of our production and be able to offer a thousand cases or so to the general public," Stueckrath said. "We opened it up for about 24 hours and sold those first thousand."

While the first offering sold quickly, the company is evaluating if it can hold another sale soon.