SOLANA BEACH — County residents looking to avoid identity theft and help a good cause brought about 200 boxes of confidential papers to a Jan. 22 shred-a-thon hosted by the Harper Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and Proshred.
Residents and home office workers could bring a maximum of 10 boxes of personal documents to be destroyed for a recommended donation of $5 per box. The four-hour fundraiser produced approximately 5,000 pounds of shredded material and raised $1,090 for the Solana Beach club.
Proshred holds the community shredding events to help support local nonprofit organizations by donating net proceeds and to protect against the identity theft. It is estimated more than 9 million people are affected annually by the crime, with 75 percent of cases resulting from paper documents getting into the wrong hands.
Co-owner Todd Hoover said most of the shredded materials are recycled and sent to China to be made into household paper products such as napkins, paper towels and toilet paper.
“We’re very pleased that we raised $1,000 and very happy that Proshred picked us for their first community event,” said Annie Garcia, director of communications and fundraising for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.