The Corsicana Pee Wee Football Association will host a Community Shred-It Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of Olé Foods, 100 N. 15th St. in Corsicana.

The paper document shredding will be done by a professional shredding company, CertiShred Document Destruction Company out of Waco, and a donation of $5 for each computer-paper-sized box of documents is requested.

The idea of shredding as a fund-raiser came from Barbara Kelley, a Pee Wee Football board member.

“I’d seen something on TV one time a couple of years ago, some city in the Metroplex did it,” she explained. “I thought it would be a good thing to do.”

All the proceeds from the shredding day would go to Pee Wee Football in Corsicana.

Although CertiShred is also capable of destroying other things, like CDs, this Saturday’s event will only be for paper. However, the paper may be stapled, paper-clipped or bound.

The company specializes in destroying paper, or “anything that tears,” said Jay Lankford, owner of CertiShred.

Two trucks will be sent to Corsicana to pick up the documents and then they’ll be taken back to the shredding machines in Waco. After the paper is chewed up, it’s baled, and then locked up until the trucks take it directly to the paper mills, Lankford said.

“We’re as much into the security business as we are in the destruction business,” he said.

All the paper is recycled, and most of it becomes toilet paper, tissue paper and brown paper towels.

Lankford, who is also a Certified Public Accountant familiar with the banking and financial industries, said people should shred anything with their name, address, social security number, bank account numbers and credit card numbers on it, including old checks, bank statements, income tax returns and medical bills that are no longer needed.

“Any information that somebody might be able to get hold of and use illegally,” he said.

For more information on the community shred, call Kelley at (903) 851-5288.


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