NEC holds a community Shred Event and School Supplies Drive

If you’re like the average person, you’ve found yourself with boxes, or perhaps even drawers full of old mail, such as bank statements, bills, and other sensitive documents with personal information that need to be recycled. You haven’t done anything with them because you’re afraid of identity theft and don’t want those documents to get into the wrong hands. Wouldn’t it be great to have somewhere local to take those documents to be shredded so you can have peace of mind? Well, here’s your opportunity. NEC has partnered with Shred360 and Smith Cleaning to schedule a community drive-through shred-a-thon for Thursday, August 25 at the co-op from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. We know how valuable your time is, so you won’t even have to get out of your vehicle. Someone will take your documents and put them in the big onsite shredder and you can keep going. We’ve made it so convenient, that you could even take care of it during your lunch hour.

Please limit your documents to either 3 boxes or 3 bags per vehicle. You DO NOT have to remove binders, binder clips, paper clips, staples, rubber bands, or CDs/DVDs prior to shredding. You’ve heard the expression “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” well we’d also like to turn this project into a treasure chest for kids who need items for back-to-school. We’re asking for your help to make this happen. As you come by to drop off your documents to be shredded, please bring a few items to be donated to kids in Newberry County who do not have the means to obtain back-to-school supplies. Documents that are shredded can be recycled into other things, such as notebooks, notepads, notebook paper and other paper items for back-to-school. This is how your documents (trash) can become a student’s treasure.

Shredding paper is a safe and secure way of preventing valuable information from getting into the hands of the wrong people. It is also a great way to help the environment. Debra Shaw, VP of member, public and government relations says, “This project is a win-win for everyone involved. It will enable us to better serve our community by getting rid of sensitive documents, providing school supplies to needy children and helping the environment.” Obviously, we appreciate anything, but here is a list of the most needed school supplies: #2 pencils, inexpensive flash drives, boxes of tissue, glue sticks, handheld pencil sharpeners, loose leaf notebook paper, 3 x 3 Post It Notes, highlighters, composition notebooks and spiral notebooks, graph paper, Folders with pockets, 3x5 index cards, crayons, and red, black and blue ink pens. Go ahead and start collecting those old documents now, and come on out to the co-op on August 25th. You’ll not only have peace of mind that your personal information is safe, but you’re also helping to make a difference in the life of a child, while helping the community and the environment in the process.