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BBB Hosts Free “Shred Day” in Longview

Longview, TX –Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) will be hosting a free “Shred Day” event on Saturday, October 24, from 9:00 AM until Noon in Longview at the Drug Emporium located at 2321 W. Loop 281.

The services are provided FREE and attendees are encouraged to bring paper documents that contain personal and/or financial information to be destroyed. Organizers request that attendees bring their documents in plastic bags as cardboard boxes will not be accepted.

“We want to give businesses and the community the opportunity to safely discard any documents that contain personal information,” said Coleman Swierc, Communications Manager for BBB serving Central East Texas. “This is a quick and easy way to make sure your information is not compromised and we are so happy to offer the services to consumers and businesses across East Texas.”

BBB has held three “Shred Day” events in 2020 in Tyler, Jacksonville and Lindale, which totaled nearly 50,000 pounds of documents to be destroyed.

Shredder trucks and volunteers will be on hand to assist participants and hand out information on identity theft protection. Volunteers will be using recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All attendees must remain in their vehicles during the event.

BBB has partnered with Shred-It, Kelly Community Federal Credit Union & Drug Emporium to bring this event to the public.

BBB Serving Central East Texas is part of an expansive network of BBBs across North America that collaborate to produce Secure Your ID Day events. The program is a BBB-branded identity theft, fraud prevention and educational initiative that features on-site document destruction and distribution of identity protection tips and resources to local communities.

For more information about the events, contact BBB at 903-581-5704 or by going to

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ABOUT BBB®: For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB serving Central East Texas opened their Tyler office in 1985 and serves 19 counties in East Texas.

BBBs are private, self-regulatory agencies that seek the voluntary cooperation of business.  When illegal practices are uncovered and the business refuses to cooperate with the BBB, the matter is referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Also, BBBs have close working relationships with governmental agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, with consumer protection agencies, and the State Attorneys General.

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