(CBS) – A corporate donation of toilet paper is helping some Northwest Side public schools wipe away budget deficits.

Most of us probably take TP for granted, but it’s a heavy line-item expense item for some Chicago schools struggling with tight finances.

Several skids of toilet paper, paper towels and tissues arrived Monday for schools in the city’s 36th Ward.

Ald. Nick Sposato says CPS cut about $3 million from budgets for six schools in his ward. So he organized a paper drive.  The schools will now be flush with some extra cash that can be used for school supplies instead of bathroom supplies.

“I never knew people could get so excited about toilet paper,” Sposato cracked.

Proctor & Gamble donated 10,000 rolls of toilet paper, 1,800 rolls of paper towels and 4,500 boxes of tissues.

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