Colorful Toilets Showing Up on Lawns in Lebanon

By Lindsay Clein

Published 06/25 2014 11:03PM

Updated 06/25 2014 11:30PM

LEBANON, Mo. -- It's not something you'd usually see in front yards across Lebanon, Missouri-- but some traveling toilets are making the rounds in neighborhoods there-- all for a good cause.

The traveling toilets are actually flushing out all the bad luck one Lebanon couple has had and are helping pour in donations to make their dreams of having a child come true.

"I'm hoping to have six toilets in the line up so I can hit more houses at one time," says Matt Stowe.

Spray painted with fluorescent colors and topped with smiling faces-- the traveling toilets have been plunging into neighborhoods across Lebanon.  But the toilets are by no means causing a stink.  In fact, they're doing quite the opposite.

"So far it's been a really successful, good fundraiser," says Christi Stowe.  "A lot of fun more than anything."

The toilets are clogging up with donations so that Christi and Matt Stowe can afford to adopt a child they can call their own.

"We've wanted children ever since we got married," says Christi.  "We will be married eleven years in April.  We knew it was going to be a hard journey.  I was diagnosed with PCOS long before we were ever married."

The two have been foster parents for three years and have tried to become a permanent mom and dad for much longer.

"We've tried fertility treatments, but it got to a point where it was too expensive and we stopped," says Christi.  "We tried private adoption and the mom changed her mind before the baby was brought home so we lost out there."

The Stowe couple says they always stopped short of agency adoption because it's so much money.  Costs can range anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000.  However, that's not holding them back anymore.

"We are going to do this," says Christi.  "And if we have to raise funds for years to get there-- we will."

That's where the colorful toilets come in.

"As you drive away with the toilet in the yard, you have that little smile because you realize what it's for," says Matt.  "What it's about."

The toilets come with a note that says "Don't be a party pooper!  Follow the toilet removal instructions below."  People can remove the toilet for $15, remove the toilet and choose the next victim for $20 or they can pay $30 which includes both -- plus toilet insurance that keeps the toilet from landing back on that lawn again.

"It's amazing because you maybe expect $15 or $20," says Matt.  "And we are getting checks for $30 and $50-- it's a blessing."

So if a traveling, colorful toilet lands on your lawn-- you'll now know why.

"It's fun, it's toilets-- but in the grand scheme of it, our friends want to see us get to be a mom and dad," says Christi.

"It really warms my heart," says Matt.  "Because it's important to me and it's important to them that it's important to us."

The Stowe's goal is to raise $18,000.

Social workers say the reason adopting is so expensive is because it's a legal process that involves attorneys, social workers, home studies, and can often include therapy for birth parents.

To learn more about the Traveling Toilet Fundraiser, click here.

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