To you, your old documents may be trash. To scammers, they’re treasures. The Annual Document Shred Event is sponsored by KELOLAND Media Group, Dakota Data Shred, MinnWest Bank and Goodwill GoodShred. It not only keeps your personal information safe, it helps a community organization.
“Our shredder is a monster,” Elthea Danley, Business Development Specialist for GoodShred, said.
It’s not nearly as scary as a scammer targeting you.
“With the identity theft that goes on this day and age, we can’t be careful enough,” Danley said.
To prevent a thief from tearing you down, the Annual Document Shred Event rips up your old receipts, tax documents, bank statements and anything else you want to keep private.
“When they bring their documents, they’re put in a container that’s locked,” Danley said.
Danley says the documents then go into a NAID-certified truck that takes them away.
“It has special locking mechanisms; it is GPS-tracked. GoodShred works real hard to ensure their documents will be safe,” Danley said. “It is then shredded, then we ship that out in bales to a company that pulverizes it and it is then recycled and goes back into the community as paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper.”
Shredding your precious papers also helps people in the community. There’s a suggested $5 donation per box or bag. Net proceeds benefit the Sioux Empire Crime Stoppers, which gives cash rewards to help law enforcement fight crime, remain anonymous and receive awards. The money also helps the Goodwill with its mission to help the underemployed and unemployed sharpen their skills and find jobs.
“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the other parts of our, like GoodShred and retail stores, because the funding comes back to fund our programs that we do,” Mckenna Leinen, Program Manager, said.
Leinen likes that an event aimed at tearing apart your documents ends up bringing the community together to spread some good will.
“It all just goes full circle and it’s an amazing cycle we have set up,” Leinen said.
If you are wondering how long you should keep your documents before shredding them, here is some information from the IRS.
Review shredding guidelines from the FTC below.
The Sioux Falls event is April 21. Find the list of locations here.