PORTALES — A graduate with a guilty conscience has sent Eastern New Mexico University in Portales a box of toilet paper to repay the university for toilet paper he took from a dormitory as a prank he says he played as "a young, immature college student."
The box, postmarked Tuesday, from zip code 88203 in Roswell, arrived at ENMU's purchasing department Wednesday.
The box, which cost $13.28 to ship, contained five packages of 16 "Big Rolls" each of Angel Soft 2-ply, septic-safe tissue for a total of 80 rolls.
Taped to the front with ENMU's address was an envelope with a Christmas card inside.
The pre-printed front of the Christmas card read "Holy Bible." The pre-printed portion inside read, "To wish you the special gifts of Christmas…Peace, Good Will and abiding Happiness."
The handwritten message read, "Years ago, when I was a young immature college student, I took toilet paper from your dormitory as a prank. I apologize for that and offer this case. Jesus Christ has made such a difference in my life and has prompted me to repay for any sins I've done even from so long ago … God Bless and Merry Christmas"
ENMU is donating the tissue, which does not fit ENMU dispensers, to the Christian Children's Home near Portales.
"We express our admiration to the anonymous donor for their integrity and character," said Wendel Sloan, director of ENMU Media Relations. "We never even knew that the toilet tissue was missing, but thank our graduate for doing what they thought was right. If they ever want to reveal their identity, we assure them that we have nothing but respect and appreciation for them and would like the opportunity to tell them. If they have a guilty conscience, we want them to know that all is forgiven."