AARP Alabama, WBRC Fox 6 and Secure Destruction Service will be staging a free community Shred-A-Thon on Wednesday, May 13 from 7 AM to 2 PM at the Pelham Civic Center, 500 Amphitheater Road, Pelham 35124.
Pelham and Shelby County-area residents are invited to bring up to 3 bags OR file boxes of paper materials to be shredded. It’s important to note that 3-ring binders, spiral binders, and plastic, metal or household trash will NOT be accepted for shredding.
Shredding personal documents, including old bank statements, canceled checks, credit card offers, and any paperwork containing account numbers and Social Security numbers, is highly recommended to help protect against identity theft.
“AARP has launched the Fraud Watch Network, a national campaign to fight fraud and ID theft and give consumers access to information about how to protect themselves and their families, “said AARP Alabama interim state director Candace Williams. “AARP Alabama is excited to be working with WBRC Fox 6 and Secure Destruction Services on this free Shred-A-Thon, and to raise awareness of the dangers of identity theft, fraud and scams right here in Shelby County. Working together, we can fight back against these crimes.”
While the Shred-A-Thon is free to the community, a non-perishable food donation to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is being encouraged. Volunteers will be at the Shred-A-Thon accepting those food donations.
For more information on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, a free service available to people of all ages, please go to www.aarp.org/FraudWatchNetwork.