Shred-a-Thon Set to Help Youth in Foster Care Continue Education

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Start collecting and saving your documents now for the upcoming Shred-a-Thon. Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is hosting the event to raise funds for youth in the foster care system.

The agency’s 3rd annual Shred-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, June 30 at its 817 Division Street office between 9am and 3pm.

This year, Family and Children’s Services will be charging $10 per (banker’s) box of documents that can be paid for by cash, debit, credit or cheque. Money raised will go towards bursaries to send youth in foster care to college and university.

SHRED-A-THON will shred pretty much any paper product, with organizers jokingly providing a list that includes documents, legal papers, old files, “holiday cards from people you don’t like and such. But not cheese, pulled pork, coconut or furniture (which is a job for cats).”

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“And when it comes time to pay, please pay generously,” say organizers in a release. “We rely on fundraising to support our bursary program, which last year awarded $57,000 in bursaries to 21 youth in foster care – the most ever awarded in our agency’s 123 year history.”

The event is sponsored by Iron Mountain, a global leader in secure shredding.

If you don’t have any documents to shred, or otherwise can’t make it to the Shred-a-Thon, consider helping these youth continue their education by donating online at

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