Look around your basement, attic or that dreaded utility closet you’re afraid to enter and, chances are you’ll find a bunch of old documents you no longer need — bank statements, tax returns, pictures of your ex.
On Saturday, Palm Beach County residents are being urged to bring unwanted papers — particularly those that contain personal information — to a “Shred Party” to have them cut into tiny pieces for free.
The four-hour event, sponsored by the nonprofit Families First of Palm Beach County and the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club, starts at 9 a.m. and will be held in the parking lot of Iberia Bank at 119 South State Road 7.
Total Shredding, a West Palm Beach-based company, will be on site with a 3-ton truck shredding bags of papers and documents.
Families First, which opened 23 years ago, said it’s holding the event to raise awareness and money for its services.
“We’re hoping this event will really give us some exposure so the community knows who we are,” said Julie Swindler, its CEO. “You don’t really see these kind of events to raise money.”
Families First is asking for a $5 donation per banker box or large plastic bag of shredded materials. The organization said the idea for the event came from Iberia Bank, which has held similar events across the country.
“We thought it was a fabulous idea,” Swindler said. “And it’s a fun event, too.”
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand with its crime-prevention booth. Kids can receive a child-identification card and meet McGruff the Crime Dog. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue will showcase its vehicles while offering tips on fire safety and why it’s safer to shred papers instead of burning them.
They’ll also be a DJ, a building workshop for kids by Lowe’s and food samples from Chick-fil-A, with part of the proceeds going to Families First
The organization, which has five programs that helps families countywide, is hoping a few hundred people attend, but they have no idea how many will show up since this is the event’s first year. The organization said it’s already talked about holding the party again next year and possibly in future years.
“We need to shred personal information,” Swindler said. “We have to be safe as a community and it’s the environmentally correct thing to do.”