PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (7/24/14)--Shred events--during which local businesses volunteer to run confidential documents through a shredder for the general public--don't capture many headlines. But the Plattsburgh, N.Y., Press-Republican dedicated resources and editorial space in its July 22 edition to emphasize the "good deed" Dannemora FCU offered its local community in sponsoring its seventh annual Shred Fest.
"If you don't understand how valuable this service is, think back to the many cases that have been talked or written about in which identities and crucial personal information have been pirated, so unscrupulous people could cash in on it: numbers on bank accounts or credit cards, for instance," the Press-Republican reminded its readers.
"Once secured by dishonest people, those numbers could be exploited for large sums of money, loss of reputation, illegal documents or other outcomes bound to do damage. Shredding is now a way of life for the savvy," it continued.
And, the paper reminded readers, the occasion "did double duty as a public benefit." The $141 million-asset, Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based credit union asked "shredders" to bring nonperishable food items for Plattsburgh Interfaith Food Shelf.
The paper noted that Ticonderoga (N.Y.) FCU, with $91 million in assets, recently held its first Shred Fest, which produced more than 5,600 pounds of shredded paper and brought in more than $440 in food to be split among three area food pantries.
"The credit unions have provided a service that is truly important in this era of identity theft, and the number of people who showed up at the Plattsburgh event last Saturday prove how much the service is valued," the editorial concluded. "An institution that derives its name from the credit it distributes has earned a little for itself."