10 News Shred-A-Thon helps thousands in Roanoke

At least 2,000 people dropped off documents at Monday's Shred-A-Thon

By Lindsey Ward - Anchor

ROANOKE,Va. - One down and one to go.

More than 147,000 pounds of paper collected at the Star City Shred-A-Thon on Monday is on its way to being securely destroyed.

Over the past few years, 10 News has helped people throughout the region get rid of more than 2 million pounds of unwanted documents.

Monday wasn't the first visit to a 10 News Shred-a-Thon for many who stopped by.

Cars started lining up before 6 a.m. to unload unwanted documents in Roanoke.

Chuck Richards drove up dark and early from Blacksburg. 

"It's 40 years of accumulation of checks, bills, medical records and that was a lot," Richards said.

This is actually his second year dropping off papers and it's a day for which he's been waiting.

"We moved and we had a whole bunch of stuff so we had to rent a storage shed for three months until we can get to you again," Richards said. "Otherwise, we were going to dig a big hole in the meadow and bury it."

He's not the only one who drove a good distance to take advantage of free shredding.

"It's very satisfying to know that you're getting things shredded and you don't have to worry about it," said Richard Smith, who traveled from Covington. "It's super easy and it's a great service to the community and we appreciate it very much."
Shred-it supervisor Shane Ross says these hard workers do more than just take unwanted documents off your hands.

"At home shredders, they're good, they just don't tear it up quite small enough. Typically people try to feed them through really fast, so you get the long strips if people can see it and those can be put together so, so easily," Ross said.

If you missed Monday's Shred-A-Thon in Roanoke, 10 News and Shred-it will be at the Schewels in Lynchburg from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27, taking your unwanted documents. Please remember, there is a 10-box limit.

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