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Shredding helps end hunger

AARP members pose with the 593 pounds of donated food
AARP members pose with the 593 pounds of donated foodAARP

Submitted by Marsha Looper

ElderWatch Colorado and the Black Forest AARP Chapter #1100 recently partnered with Shred-It Colorado to help defeat identity theft and collect food for Black Forest Cares, a local food bank. Volunteers met at the Old Black Forest Fire Station from 9 to noon on June 11 to serve 347 individuals who responded with their personal documents to be safely and professionally shredded.

Those who brought their items to be shredded helped themselves avoid personal identity theft and at the same time contributed a total of 593 pounds of non-perishable food and $238 to Black Forest Cares. The shredded documents, almost 8,500 pounds of paper, will be recycled. This will save many trees and help keep our country green.

Sixty-two people also signed up for the Colorado and the national Do Not Call list. The Do Not Call list will reduce the number of unsolicited telephone calls they receive in the future.

A special thanks is extended to Shred-It Colorado for donating a shredding truck and operator, Wal-Mart and King Soopers for their donations of snacks and water for everyone, the Black Forest Fire and Rescue for providing the site and facilities, and to the 29 Black Forest AARP Chapter Members and ElderWatch Colorado members who volunteered their time and services to make this the best ever Black Forest Shredding Event.

The Black Forest AARP Chapter works hard to serve the local community. The chapter motto is "To Serve Not to Be Served". Anyone interested in participating in community service should call Chuck at 719-749-9227 to learn how you can become a chapter member. All are welcome. There are no age restrictions.

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