The Northland community's ninth semiannual "Shredding Day" to destroy personal papers as a means of preventing identity theft will take place Saturday, May 8, with a twist:

The Northland community's ninth semiannual "Shredding Day" to destroy personal papers as a means of preventing identity theft will take place Saturday, May 8, with a twist:

It's to include the Clintonville community, as well.

Frequently held at the North YMCA off Karl Road, the free service employing Fireproof Records Center's mobile shredding unit will be held this time at Bob Daniels Pontiac Buick GMC, 960 Morse Road at Evanswood Drive just east of Interstate 71.

It will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and once again is being combined with a food drive to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Personal papers, computer disks and other material containing confidential information that is no longer needed can be brought to the event for destruction.

Those participating are asked to bring three non-perishable food items, such as canned meats, fruits and vegetables, cereals, pasta and rice, to be donated to the food bank, the headquarters of which is in Grove City practically across the street from the Fireproof Records' main facility.

The community shredding days are presented by the Northland Community Council and the Northland Area Business Association State Route 161 Task Force, with support from Fireproof Records, Bob Daniels and the Ink Well Business Center on East Dublin Granville Road.

The event is endorsed by the Columbus Division of Police.

Northland Community Council president Dave Paul began holding conversations with Clintonville Area Commission chairwoman D Searcy six months ago, and more recently with District 7 representative Dave Southan, the safety liaison, about bringing the neighborhood into the shredding day fold.

"It just seemed like a good idea to everybody," Paul said. "They are our neighbors and we have a lot in common with them. Identity theft knows no bounds.

"It just seemed like an easy thing for us to do and to help build a bridge between Northland and Clintonville in terms of community activities."

Choosing a location that would be perceived as close enough to each of the parts of the city was somewhat tricky, Paul said.

The car dealership on Morse Road seemed to fit the bill, according to Paul.

"I think it will be a very good site," he said. "It's easy to get in and out of, which is important on Morse Road."

As for adding an entire neighborhood of potential shredding-material contributors, Paul said he has been assured by Fireproof Records that it won't be a problem.

"They have told us we've never had an overflow," Paul said. "We very nearly filled the truck, which I believe holds 8,000 pounds of shredding. We've never filled the truck, but they've always assured us if we do ... they can deal with that. They raised no note of alarm at all at the idea we might have more folks as a result of the change in geography.

"We'd love to have that problem."

Volunteers from the Threshold Community Services ministry of the Christian Assembly church on Karl Road will be assisting with collecting the materials to be destroyed as well as the food donations. Others are invited to assist, Paul said.

"I think we'll have some volunteers from Clintonville," he said. "The folks at the CAC will work on that for us."

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