First Community Credit Union will be hosting a free shred event alongside MinnKota Recycling on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. This event is open to the public and will be held at the credit union's main branch at 111 9th St. SW in Jamestown.

MinnKota will have a truck on site for shredding any unwanted personal, medical or business-related documents at no cost. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders; however, staples, paper clips, CDs and floppy discs will be allowed to be shred. It is limited to one bin per person.

With the ever-growing risk of identity theft, FCCU said it’s important to give the community an opportunity to discard confidential documents safely and securely. One way identity thieves can get personal information is by picking through a person’s trash and looking for things that contain identifying information. Shredding those items securely helps prevent the information from getting into the wrong hands.

“We know how items such as bank statements, old tax filings, duplicate checks, physician statements, credit card receipts and many other private documents can build up in homes," said Susan Long Swen, FCCU community engagement specialist. "We want to provide the community with a safe outlet to have them securely destroyed.

“This also helps to protect the environment of our communities because all the shredded documents are then recycled,” Long Swen said. “It is a win-win for the members of our communities and the environment – saving the trees and protecting your identity.”

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For more information about the shred event on April 24, stop into First Community Credit Union or call 252-0360.