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ROSWELL, Ga. -- The residents of Holiday Retirement Village in Evansville, Ind., sure know how to throw a party. Their birthday bash to celebrate the invention of toilet paper made headlines across the country.
To acknowledge the successful celebration of this vital product and to prepare these seniors for the upcoming cold and flu season, the company is donating 1,152 rolls of toilet paper, 162 boxes of Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissue and 168 bottles of Kimcare Moisturizing Instant Hand Sanitizer.
Providing these cold and flu care packages and a years supply of our Kleenex Cottonelle toilet paper is our way of congratulating the residents for a spectacular party in honor of toilet paper, said Jackie B. Martin, tissue category manager for Kimberly-Clark Professional. Seniors are at higher risk for serious flu complications, so we thought waterless hand sanitizers and anti-viral facial tissue would be helpful as we enter cold and flu season.
The date August 26, 580 is believed by some to be the first time toilet paper was used in a primitive form, according to an Associated Press article about the birthday party at Holiday Retirement Village. The article also reported that flat sheets of toilet paper were invented by Joseph Gayetty of New York in 1858 (an invention that apparently failed), and that Great Britains Walter Alcock later developed toilet paper on a roll. In the late 1800s, the Scott brothers of Philadelphia successfully introduced small rolls of perforated paper. This led to the founding of Scott Paper Company, which was acquired by Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1995.
Kimberly-Clark Professional, based in Roswell, Ga., provides tissue and towel products, skin care products and industrial wipers for workplace settings.