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Shred Day to help fight cancer

Event set for Thursday

POSTED: May 5, 2013 11:42 p.m.

If your spring cleaning has stalled because you don’t know what to do with piles of documents, Shred Away Cancer may be able to help.

The Times and Document Destruction Services Inc. are teaming up for a shred day Thursday to benefit Relay for Life. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Times, 345 Green St. NW in Gainesville.

There is a maximum of five boxes per car, and all donations will go toward the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Boxes must be small enough to be carried by one person.

“We’re proud to be able to host this event to benefit Relay for Life,” Times publisher Dennis Stockton said. “We’ve had a couple of our employees who have had cancer in recent years, and many of our employees have encountered cancer among family members, so it’s definitely something that is personal for us.

“We’re also planning to have hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, so anyone coming to have their documents shredded can get lunch at the same time, with all the proceeds going to Relay for Life,” Stockton said.

The document destruction bins will be set up in the parking lot at the rear of The Times.

“Document Destruction Services is involved in a lot of community projects, and we’re glad to be able to partner with them for an event that provides a needed service to individuals and that at the same time will raise money for the fight against cancer,” Stockton said.

There will be no specific charge for the destruction of documents, but donations will be accepted for Relay for Life.

“Our shred day is designed more for individuals than businesses,” said Jerry Boling, CEO of DDS. “Individuals will bring in a shoebox, or whatever size their box is” of documents to be destroyed, he said.

“If they’ve got documents from an estate they’ve settled, old financial records, canceled checks, they should bring that in,” Boling said.

He said the Internal Revenue Service has recommendations on how long to keep tax records, and said the Better Business Bureau and professional associations also offer such recommendations.

“When we first started about 16 years ago, there was a book that recommended how long to keep records,” he said, “but then everything started changing.”


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