Free shredding will be provided by Shred Corporation of Madison Heights from 9 a.m.-noon at the Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Road (south of Ford Road) in Dearborn Heights. Participants can watch on a monitor the destruction of their private items in the Shred Corporation truck.
Rotarian Derek Locke, who is chairing the event, said the club started the event last year because “we felt there was a need for people to shred private documents at home.
“With so much identity theft happening, we thought it would be good to give people a chance to get rid of their private information securely,” Locke said. “If we get organized enough, we'd like to eventually do this twice a year.”
While there is no fee for people to bring their items to the Oct. 12 shredding at Canfield, Locke said the club is asking participants to give donations so the Dearborn Heights Rotary can do the Community Shred Day and other community projects throughout the year. Or, Locke added, since a lot of people have cans of food sitting about at home, they could bring them to the Canfield Center so the Rotarians can give them to the Fish & Loaves Pantry.
The Dearborn Heights Rotary Club has people go down to Taylor to volunteer at the Fish & Loaves Pantry, Locke said, and get involved in helping in day-to-day operations. There are quite a few Rotary Clubs in other communities also involved with the pantry, he said.
Other community projects that Saturday's morning's donations will be going to, according to Locke, include the bike safety rodeo in April and May (giving away safety helmets to bicyclists), several scholarships every year, and various other causes. There is considerable involvement by Rotarians in the Salvation Army's back-to-school activities, he said, and “we do lots of things.”
Participants are asked to limit their boxes to 10 (only up to 25 pounds each), check boxes to make sure pens, electric cables and other such items are removed (staples and binders are OK), and that loose-fill packing or plastic peanuts (clean is emphasized) are put in separate bags.
Call Locke at (313) 529-1153 for more information on Dearborn Heights Community Shred Day.