WSLS 10 Shred-A-Thon shreds 19,000 pounds of documents in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) - The return of the WSLS 10 Kodiak Shred-A-Thon proved very successful Monday in Lynchburg.

WSLS 10 teamed with Kodiak Shredding to put on the event. 

19,000 pounds of documents and files were collected and destroyed at the Schewels along Timberlake Road. That included 20 boxes from Greg Morgan. He's a former attorney who needed to safely shred plenty of documents.

"They're confidential files and I needed to dispose of them properly," Morgan said. "Shredding the way that (Kodiak) does really is something that helped me."

Morgan watched as those sensitive documents were destroyed safely.

Hundreds of people help fill-up Kodiak's trucks with unwanted documents. That includes Sharon Hart, who made the 40 minute drive from Huddleston. She brought bank statements and checkbooks that sat in her home for more than a decade.

"I have a small shredder at home, but by the time you save up and don't shred for a while it gets to be so much that you wear out your little shredder trying to do it," Hart said. "These things make it really nice when it's free."

The Shred-A-Thon is also helping protect people from identity theft. Kodiak Shredding Vice President Toni Henry said it provides an opportunity to get rid of unused documents.

"We're noticing a lot of elderly people coming through that have hung on to records for way too long because they just haven't known what to do with them," Hart said.

If you missed Monday's event there will be three more chances this spring to shred your documents for free.

Here are the upcoming Shred-A-Thons:

April 27th  - Lynchburg
Schewel's Furniture
7007 Timberlake Rd

May 4th  -  Christiansburg (NRV)
G&H Appliance
1290 Roanoke St

May 11th  -  Roanoke
Shively Electric
1023 Kimball Ave NE

May 18th  -  Martinsville
Martinsville Speedway
340 Speedway Rd, Ridgeway

All events will run from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.