The Free event is sponsored by Shirley Coomer & Greg Stainton of Keller Williams Realty Sonoran living in Ahwatukee. This is the 7th Free Shred a thon event and is held each April and October in support of the Kyrene Resource Center.
At this FREE event you can bring boxes or bags of papers to shred. In exchange for FREE shredding, you are asked to bring one food item per box/bag to be donated to the Kyrene Resource Center. We are asking for donations of Pasta, Cereal, Dried beans, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables. We ask for a limit of 4 boxes or bags of shred. If you have more items please call Shirley Coomer at Keller Williams Realty at 602.770.0643.
The Kyrene Resource center is supported by The Kyrene Foundation which provides services to families in the Kyrene School District. The Resource Center is available to families in need of food, clothes, hygiene items and other seasonal help. There are almost 300 homeless children in the Kyrene district which includes parts of Tempe, Chandler and all of Ahwatukee.
This free Shredding event is unique in that it has a ripple effect throughout multiple charitable groups benefiting the community we live it. As stated above, it directly benefits the Kyrene Resource center. In addition, the Shred truck which is providing the onsite shredding is donated by ASDD Document Destruction. ASDD Documentation Destruction of Tempe is owned by the Tempe Centers for Habilitation (TCH). TCH provides services that support, care for and empower adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
Attendees who bring their shred items need not remove paper clips or staples. Attendees can watch their papers being placed in a tub and then raised into the shred truck and destroyed. Unlike many other shredding events where you items may be trucked away you can watch documents being destroyed real time, and you can rest assured the shredding is complete before you drive away.
ASDD Document Destruction is a social enterprise of TCH – The Centers for Habilitation. TCH is a local Arizona 501 (c)(3) non-profit that has been operating since 1967. The TCH is dedicated to providing support and opportunities to people with physical and developmental disabilities. One of the ways THC benefits individuals with disabilities is through providing jobs or job coaching and job placement. This is where ASDD Document Destruction comes into play. As a social enterprise of TCH, ASDD encompasses all of these roles. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain productive and valuable training and employment. The THC employees gain not only a paycheck but also skill training, independence, and dignity through their work.
At the October 2014 Shred-A-Thon event, 5,758 pounds of paper was shredded! This equates to saving 72 trees. The shredding was sold to raise $430 for the benefit of the TCH. Kyrene School District Prevention Services Manager, Amanda Nosbisch stated that approximately 700 pounds of food was collected, which equates to $1120 in food value for the Resource center.
The Shred-A-Thon was started by Shirley Coomer of Keller Williams Realty as a result of finding clients often would discover some form of identity theft when applying for a home loan. Many people don’t routinely look at their credit until ready to apply for a home or car loan and may have no idea their identity has been comprom Having old bank statements or tax returns shred in a truck before your eyes is a great way to ensure your personal information remains private.
By partnering with the Kyrene Resource Center and asking for food donations the community is helping the center provide food to families vetted by the school staff in need of food assistance. As we go into the summer, many children who get free or reduced priced lunches at school are home for the summer. This places additional burdens on the Resource center. While the economy in the Phoenix area has improved along with the housing market, there still remains a need in the community.
As an added bonus and Thank-you for participants in the Shred-A-Thon, there will be a drawing for 4 tickets for the Diamond Backs vs. San Diego Padres upcoming game.
Where else can you accomplish the following:
- Shred papers to protect your identity
- 2. Have your shredded items avoid a land fill and save trees
- Know that your shredded items raised money for Tempe Center for Habilitation (TCH)
- 4. Donate food to the Kyrene Resource Center
- Get a chance to win great Diamondback tickets!
Look for signs on Ray Rd for the Shred-A-thon. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday April 11 between 9 and 11am!
Realtors making a Difference, One Home and One Family at a Time
If you would like more information on Homes in the Mountain Park Ranch area or future Shred A Thons, give Shirley a call at 602.770.0643 or send me a note through the following email link.