As part of the Nexstar Founders Day celebration, 22News took part in a free community paper shredding event. Hundreds of cars loaded with full boxes of paper filled the parking lots on The Big E fairgrounds Saturday morning for a free community paper shredding event.
The event was held to get rid of any unwanted documents with important personal or financial information.Properly shredding these documents can protect you from identity theft and keeps your documents from getting into the wrong hands.
“We had things I didn’t want to just put in the recycling or the trash, they needed to get shredded. Documents, bank statements, things like that,” Longmeadow resident Jane Lindfors said.
The Federal Trade Commission says that sales receipts, paid utility bills and credit card offers should be shredded immediately.
Today’s event also gave people a chance to give back to those in need.In addition to free shredding, many brought donations of non-perishable food items for the Open Pantry.
One Westfield resident also brought canned food items with his moms old paperwork.
“I had a lot of old paperwork, old taxes and things she kept since the 70s so I thought it was a good idea to safely get rid of them, bring a couple food items and easily get rid of the stuff,” Westfield resident, Scott Martell said.
The community shred event was a team effort.
22News, The Eastern States Exposition, and The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information were sponsors of Saturdays event.