First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie is offering the opportunity to protect identities and destroy unwanted confidential material.

The annual “Shred It” event, which began as a FUMC Sunday School class fundraiser and is now sponsored by the Asbury Class, is scheduled for Saturday, May 5.

From 10 a.m. to noon, residents can bring unwanted or unneeded documents of any kind for a suggested, nominal donation. Early drop-off is from 4—5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4.

This event, held annually in May, is intended to safely discard confidential papers that could contain personal information such as old tax records, medical records or bank statements.

“The idea developed seven years ago from the Builder’s Class when they realized people who live in the city do not have any way to dispose of papers containing personal information. Hardcopy paper with sensitive information is one source for identity theft” said Alan Miller, this year's event organizer.

For two hours May 5, event coordinators will have a large truck containing a shredding machine in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church, located at 505 West Marvin Avenue.

Unlike in years past, electronics will not be accepted. The suggested donations are $20 for a 13-gallon trash bag, standard file box or the equivalent, or $10 for anything smaller. There are also discounts available for volume shreds.

“We will have class members ready to take your bags out of your car and immediately process them for the shredder. If anyone likes, they can even watch their bag be shredded if they have a few minutes” Miller elaborated. “It is also another way to recycle and help the environment and helps contribute to missions in the city.”

For further information, call Alan Miller at (972) 921-8960.