If you have a stack of documents at home in need of secure disposal--think credit card bills, applications, old tax returns, anything with personally identifiable info--get them all together for this Saturday, October 13. Greylock Federal Credit Union will be holding a Community Shred Day from 9 until Noon at Noel Field, next to the Haskins School, 310 State Street, North Adams. A donation of $1 per box is suggested, to benefit the Northern Berkshire United Way. A truck from Pro-Shred will be on site ready to securely shred your personal papers while you watch.

In a company post on Facebook, JamieEllen Moncecchi, V.P./Administration, Greylock Federal Credit Union is quoted as saying “Greylock Federal takes ID theft very seriously and this free event is an important way to help protect the community from this growing problem. (This) is a convenient and secure way for the community to safely dispose of invoices, tax returns, paycheck stubs and other personal documents that can be used by identity thieves to commit fraud.” You don't have to be a credit union member, but please note that the event is for personal documents only. No businesses will be accepted.

I know how popular this event is. I once drove from North Adams to a Greylock Pittsfield Shred Day but got there late morning only to find a block-long line of cars waiting and a shred truck that was approaching chock-full status. It's great to have one now for North County. We routinely shred anything with any personal info on it at home. But to save time, wear & tear on our new shredder, and help the community through United Way by going to Shred Day...I'm in!

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