PENDLETON, Ore. - Bake sales? Been done. Car washes? So 2005. And pop can drives can fall flat. So the Rev. Rick Oliver, pastor for the First Church of God in Pendleton, cast about for a new idea to raise money for sending 18 people on a mission to Costa Rica and settled on...toilet paper?
Oliver hit on the idea of selling toilet paper after hearing about a baseball coach on the East Coast who successfully sold the product.
As for the brand, what else? It's Angel Soft - Oliver's church took delivery of a truckload of it from a Portland distributor this week.
The church is selling the toilet paper either by the roll or by the case, and offers free delivery with the purchase of a case or more.
Oliver now is a practiced hand with his toilet paper sales pitch.
"The rolls are larger than the standard, with 450 sheets per roll, and it's two-ply," he told The East Oregonian newspaper. "We've heard all the jokes. People really enjoy that it's Angel Soft, but what else would a church sell?"