Marianna- Most people keep flowers in their yard. Some flowers are kept in pots, while others are just planted in the ground. But, some Marianna home and business owners just have the pot.
"Well, I have a potty in my front yard. I know that seems strange, but it's a potty for missions" Un2U Gift shop owner, Angie Carpenter told us.
The youth program at her church, Evangel Worship Center, has been raising money for a non profit missions group, Speed the Light.
"Speed the Light actually provides all of the semi trucks and the vehicles they need to get into the areas like, Hurricane Katrina or the tsunami that happened a couple of years ago. So it's all over the world, not just here in America" Youth Pastor, Jonathan Thomas said.
Each member of the 80 plus youth group is individually raising money. Christy McAllister is a youth sponsor at the church, so her child turned it into a family project.
"We purchased the potty, painted it, and hopefully its going to raise a lot of money for our missionaries" McAllister said. "Who wants that in their yard? Which is the idea, you don't want that in yard, so you're going to call us to get it removed" she said of their fund raising strategy.
For twenty-five dollars, the McAllister's will put the toilet in someone's yard per request. That person then has to pay twenty dollars to have it removed, and an additional ten to have it removed and taken to another person's yard. Anyone who suspects the loo may land on their lawn can purchase insurance for fifty dollars to guarantee it won't.
Thomas said he wanted the kids to do something that would be both fun and beneficial to the church and charity. "It gets a little tiring when we're always doing a bake sale, you know, every church does that. So we're trying to encourage them to think independently, get creative- do something that uses their skills and talents that they feel like they may can raise money doing" he told us.
And though the McAllister's best talent may not be toting a toilet around town, so far, they said they've seen success. "We haven't had any potty poopers yet! That's what we like to call them" McAllister said.
Wednesday, the tacky toilet traveled from Un2U Gifts on Jefferson Street, to Florida Showcase Reality on Highway 90.
"I might miss it" Carpenter said, "but I don't think I'm going to put another one out there in it's place."
The Worship Center hopes to raise sixty-thousand dollars by December.