Shred for Food event is Saturday

PLYMOUTH/ MARSHALL COUNTY — The paper copies of old bills and personal documents pile up in a drawer, a filing cabinet or a box because there are many questions about the safe way to get rid of them.

Fears about identity theft or stolen account information weigh heavy on the mind of many individuals. The Marshall County Realtors Association has a safe way to destroy those documents while helping out local food banks at the same time.

"It's not safe to just throw away paper documents," said Chris McIntire a member of the realtors group. McIntire along with many other realtors from various real estate offices in the county have a way to safely get rid of those documents.

The third annual Shred for Food event is this Saturday in the Kmart parking lot from 10 a.m. until noon. Individuals can bring in their paper documents by the box full and Mountain High Shredding will shred them on site. Individuals participating do not even have to get out of their car, the realtors will come to the car and get the box and donations. The cost is $5 per box and any additional free will donations will be accepted.

"This is our opportunity to give back to the community we serve in a different way," said Shelley Marsiliano, another realtor involved in the project. "We all get very excited about doing this together. On the average day we may be competitors but during the Shred for Food we all come together to support the community we serve."

Last year's event raised more than $800 for local food pantries. This year the realtors hope to raise $1,000. The funds raised stay in Marshall County and will be distributed after the event is complete.

This time of year there is a high need for supplies at the food banks. The holidays have passed and school is almost out. Many Marshall County families rely on donations to food banks to feed their families and when inventory is low those families may be forced to go without.