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Shredding & Saving

Over three tons of paper collected, 54 trees preserved

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 10:01 a.m. CDT
Community members unload boxes of sensitive papers to be shredded on-site during a Shred Day conducted by Morris Building & Loan on June 23. Over 6,300 pounds of paper was shredded during the event.

Morris Building & Loan had a successful Shred Day on June 23.

This is the sixth annual Shred Day hosted by Morris Building & Loan and the largest yet.

Community members brought in boxes of sensitive papers to be shredded on-site by Citadel Information Management Company. The event was free, but the Bank encouraged participants to give a donation to the Morris Rotary Blessings in a Backpack program, which provides weekend food to kids who might not otherwise eat properly when not at school.

The community supported that program in a big way. The Bank collected just over $1,000 for the backpack program.

“It was a wonderful day! The community came out to protect themselves and help others. It just doesn’t get better than that,” Kim Brown, branch manager of Morris Building & Loan, said.

So how does this type of event affect the community?

Not only is it important that sensitive documents are destroyed safely, but the environment is spared, too.

In just a few short hours, the bank collected 6,311 pounds of paper. That equates to 54 trees saved, 22,089 gallons of water saved, nearly 14,000 kilowatts of energy saved, and almost 16 cubic yards of landfill space saved.

That financial value is estimated just over $16,000.

“We are thrilled with the results and have already made arrangements to host another Shred Day in 2014,” Brown said.

Morris Building & Loan, a division of Harvard Savings Bank, is a full service financial institution committed to profitably meeting the financial needs of individuals and organizations.

The bank intends to be innovative in its role of providing a source of funds for credit needs and the offering of financial services.

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