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

Published on: 2018/06/27 - in News

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.

NOTE: See the update at the end of the article because this Shred-a-Thon “just got cooler”!

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).”

“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

UPDATE: Family and Children’s Services later posted the following additional details for this event:

We’re teaming up with our friends at The Goodway in Kingston to make our annual charity SHRED-A-THON Saturday, June 30, 2018 even bigger.

Folks coming to shred their old files with us on one side of Division Street will get a free coupon for 50 percent off at The Goodway thrift shop across the street onĀ  the other side of Division. A portion of the sales that day at the Goodway will go towards the SHRED-A-THON, which is raising money to send kids in foster care to college and university.

So, when you come down Canada Day Weekend to shred your old files go across to The Goodway to check out their way cool merchandise, including clothing and household items.

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