Matthew Shaffer is on a roll for his birthday

2014-04-07T00:00:00Z Matthew Shaffer is on a roll for his birthdayAnnette Arnold annette.arnold@nwi.com, (219) 548-4359 nwitimes.com

JACKSON TOWNSHIP | Matthew Shaffer got toilet paper for his birthday. But that is what he wanted.

Instead of presents, the fifth-grader at Liberty Intermediate School wanted to help out people at Housing Opportunities, so he and his mother came up with the idea of collecting toilet paper for their clients.

He sent out a letter asking people and some churches if they wanted to help him reach his goal of donating 1,100 rolls to the homeless shelter, in honor of his 11th birthday.

Matthew, the son of Chrissie and David Shaffer, came up with the phrase Matthew's March Madness for HO and posted it to social media and the idea took off.

He surpassed his goal collecting more than 1,400 rolls of toilet paper, which he and his mother will deliver this week to Housing Opportunities.

Housing Opportunities CEO Caroline Shook is thrilled with the donation.

"We get a lot of donations but we don't get enough of them," Shook said. "What's so phenomenal about this is the number of kids and teens who give up their presents to help those who are less fortunate. Very humbling."

Matthew got a great response from people including someone from California who wanted to donate toilet paper.

Matthew and his family chose Housing Opportunities because his mother worked on a golf outing/toy drive for HO last year and Matthew was asking about the place and wanted to do something to help the kids that are there.

"Matthew feels so proud about this that it brings him to tears to talk about it," Schrissi Shaffer said.

"I was glad we helped with this," said Matthew who, for fun, likes to play Minecraft on his computer and is close to achieving blackbelt in Tae Kwon do.

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