MAX is sponsoring an on-site residential document destruction event in an effort to help consumers prevent identity theft.
The free event will be held on Friday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the south parking lot of Garrett Coliseum at 1555 Federal Drive in Montgomery.
MAX is partnering with the Montgomery Clean Commission (MCCC), AARP, Walmart #4691, and Gilmore Services to sponsor the free shredding event.
“Nationally, the most common type of identity theft was the unauthorized misuse or attempted misuse of an existing account,” said Kathryn Taylor, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at MAX. “MAX is helping locals avoid becoming victims of this crime by providing a free opportunity to destroy personal documents correctly.”
MAX hopes to encourage its customer and the River Region community to fight back against identity theft. Thieves can use information such as names, addresses, social security numbers and other personal information from improperly disposed documents to steal the identities of unsuspecting citizens.
The event is intended for private, residential document shredding, not for business or company disposal. Residents are encouraged to bring up to five bags or boxes of old documents to the mobile shredding truck. No advanced document sorting is necessary since the shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paperclips, staples and rubber bands attached.
Gilmore Services guarantees that all confidential records are properly destroyed. All shredded paper from the event will be recycled.
All participants are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
“By partnering with the Montgomery Clean City Commission, AARP, Walmart, and Gilmore Services, MAX is providing a free opportunity for individuals to dispose of their personal documents the right way,” said Taylor. “Along with the free shred drive, this is an excellent opportunity to donate non-perishable food items to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.”
The event will be staffed by volunteers from MAX and other partners, as well as students from a number of local schools. Volunteers will assist with unloading documents and collecting food donations.
“We hope to have strong involvement from local residents and we are excited to make a positive impact on our community,” said Taylor.