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Roanoke Shred-A-Thon's 360,000 pounds sets a record

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The final stop of the WSLS 10 Kodiak Shredding Shred-A-Thon wrapped up Monday afternoon and broke a record.

The Roanoke stop brought in 365,000 pounds of paper. To put that in perspective, the four stops earlier this month brought in a combined 260,000 pounds.

Hundreds came out after clearing out old documents.

"We tend to keep too much stuff and it's laying around for people to pick up," said Julie Wheeler with the Better Business Bureau. "Identity theft is probably the biggest risk that any of us face."

Richard Reed isn't taking any chances and neither is his daughter.

"She has to keep on file for so many years and her business now she can get rid of it," explained Reed.

"We have a small warehouse and this really takes up a lot of space," said Chris Karr. "It's paperwork we've had for 10 years and just thought it was a great idea to come down here and get it shred get rid of it."

He planned to be stop by during a previous Shred-A-Thon, and now, he and everyone else, have their documents shredded safely and securely.

After collecting a total of 625,000 pounds this spring, the WSLS 10 Shred-A-Thon will return this fall.

Since WSLS 10 began hosting Shred-A-Thon events, we have collected a total of 1,559,000 pounds of paper.