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Shred it, forget it, and raise money for NOTL Palliative Care
Margaret Walker, Shred-it event co-ordinator, Doug Martin, Meridian Credit Union branch manager, Bonnie Bagnulo, NOTL Palliative Care program manager. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

You can shred the fear of identity theft and fraud while raising money for Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service on Aug. 17.

The annual shredding service held in the Meridian Credit Union’s parking lot at 1567 Niagara Stone Rd. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to all residents looking to shred confidential and personal documents.

Bring boxes of documents to be professionally shredded for $8 per banker’s box (20 by 12 by 10 inches). Three boxes can be shredded for $20.

Bonnie Bagnulo, program manager for NOTL Palliative Care, said shredding confidential documents is an important way to protect against fraud and identity theft. Though fraud crimes are more frequent online now, physical documents in your home still pose a potential risk.

“Obviously, it’s important not to have confidential documents pile up in your home,” she said. “It doesn’t take much to have your identity compromised.”

The Shred-it event was created by the NOTL Hospital auxiliary in 2011 to provide a responsible way for residents to dispose of their documents while also raising money for the hospital. 

After the hospital closed, Bagnulo said the baton was passed on to NOTL Palliative Care in 2016.

She said the Meridian Credit Union sponsors the event each year, and all of the money raised will go toward the purchase of equipment to allow NOTL Palliative Care to continue to provide its services to the community.