Area residents are invited to bring outdated personal and confidential papers to be shredded free at Charlotte State Bank & Trust’s Charlotte Harbor office from 9 a.m. until noon on March 18. The bank is asking those who bring papers to shred also donate non-perishable food and personal care items to the Horn of Plenty Food Pantry at First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda.
Food Pantry volunteers will be on site at the bank to accept donations. Shredding will be done by Champion Shredding, a licensed and bonded shredding company. The bank requests participants limit themselves to four boxes of papers and no magazines. The Charlotte Harbor office is on Harborview Road, on the corner of Harborview and Kings Highway in Port Charlotte.
“Shredding old personal papers is a great way to help guard against identity theft,” says Branch Manager Sara Perri. “Destroying old documents that contain our Social Security numbers, bank account information, insurance information and other personal financial details is an important part of self-protection.”
Perri also encourages people to bring donations for the Horn of Plenty Food Pantry, which First Baptist Church instituted as a result of Hurricane Charley. The pantry provides food, clothing and other items to more than 100 families each week. The Horn of Plenty’s mission is to serve those in need in a friendly, caring and non-judgmental atmosphere. Over the years, the Horn of Plenty has provided assistance to tens of thousands of individuals.
Food items requested include macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and pasta sauces, baked beans, canned meats, canned fruits, canned soups, crackers, cereals and single-serve snacks. Personal care items include razors, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, travel size shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent, etc. Monetary donations will also be accepted.