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YouTube Stars Give Away Thousands Of Toilet Paper Rolls

They bought an enormous stash months ago. Now that the pandemic has hit, they're giving it to those who need it.

If you've been in a grocery store lately, you probably noticed the absence of one particular item on the shelves.

Because of the spread of the coronavirus, people have been buying up toilet paper by the truckload, leaving those who don't make it to the store in time to grab their supply in a near desperate state.

Who would have thought it would come to this?

Stores have been out of TP for weeks since the coronavirus hit. @GabrielJCurtis

That's why Colorado Springs residents Justin Stuart and Andrew Scites decided to use their resources to help as many people as they could.

Stuart and Scites run a YouTube channel called 'MoreJStu' where they perform funny stunts, do pranks and hold silly contests, like when they challenged people to spend the night outside in the middle of winter using only items they could buy at Home Depot.

In October, Stuart and Scites bought all of the toilet paper at a local Target store to build a giant castle fort inside of their warehouse. After their stunt, they passed out some of the rolls to strangers during a "toilet paper pop up shop." But, there were plenty of rolls left over.

Stuart and Scites bought $5,000 worth of toilet paper to build a fort in their warehouse. YouTube

After the coronavirus started to spread, the duo decided to donate the remaining packages to people in their community. In true YouTube fashion, they filled up the back of a decked-out ambulance and filmed themselves driving around and dropping off toilet paper at various locations.

"We've had the toilet paper stashed in our warehouse for months," Scites told CNN. "Once the virus broke out and everyone went ham over toilet paper, we were like, holy cow, we have an insane amount that we can just give out because people can't even buy it. It was a no-brainer for us to give them away."

The first stops to get donations were senior living centers, where elated staff members took more than a few rolls off of the truck. Then, the YouTubers visited grocery store parking lots where they gifted shoppers who couldn't find any TP on the shelves.

Stuart and Scites dropped off rolls at local senior living centers first. YouTube

People cheered and laughed at the gesture, while others' reactions were a bit more serious. One woman was moved to tears when the men handed her a few packages of Charmin.

"I'm a senior and I don't have any," she said. "Thank you so very much."

Some people got emotional when they were gifted free toilet paper. YouTube

Scites and Stuart said the best part of the giveaway was bringing happiness to people during such a rough time. Now they're encouraging others to find a way to spread happiness in their communities during the crisis.

"People are just looking for something to have hope in. Who knew just giving someone an extra pack of toilet paper can bring up peoples' spirits," Scites said. "If you have an opportunity to make people smile, you should do it."

Scites and Stuart want other people to take their lead and spread happiness in their towns during the crisis. YouTube

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the YouTubers' act of kindness? Why not take their lead and spread some kindness in your community?

We know it's hard to connect with others while social distancing, but there are things you can do to make others smile from the comfort of your couch - or front yard.

Write cards for seniors - Check with local retirement homes to see if they're accepting letters or digital submissions for their residents.

Make chalk drawings - Add a little color to your neighborhood by making chalk drawings in your driveway. Be sure to include a positive message to make people smile!

Get the neighborhood involved - We've heard of a lot of amazing activities started by community members to get people out of their homes, including starting a "CoronaChoir" and holding a parade where people dress in inflatable dinosaur costumes.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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