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Communitys Shred Day Meets With Success
Escalon Lions Club member Kenny Taggart, left, adds some more paper materials to the recycle can for shredding by Pacific Shredding while, at right, Gary Haskin delivers more food items to the growing stack of donations at the Saturday Shred Day at Escalons Park n Ride lot.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

For the first time giving it a try, they were pretty satisfied.

Escalon Lions Club hosted its first ever ‘shred day’ for members of the community on Saturday, Aug. 20 and organizers said they were very pleased with the result.

Coordinator, Lion Kenny Taggart, said a total of 3,320 pounds of materials were shred, with residents able to bring in sensitive personal or household paper materials to go through the shredder. The only ‘payment’ requested was one can of food per every bag or box of items brought in to be shred. The canned and boxed food items will help stock the shelves at the local food pantry at Escalon’s C.A.R.E., Community Action Resources of Escalon, Center.

“I saw that Elk Grove Lions Club was doing it and I thought our community could absolutely use something like that,” noted Taggart of hosting the shred day. “Then Ralph (fellow Lions Club member Ralph Lyda) brought up the idea to get a can of food as a donation.”

That made it what Lions Club members called a ‘win-win’ with members of the community able to get their materials shredded in a convenient location and the food cupboard benefitting from the donations.

Pacific Shredding out of Stockton was contracted by the Lions Club to bring their truck and all materials were shred on site. Taggart said three different shredding companies were contacted and Pacific Shredding offered the best price, plus it was close by.

“The people that have come through have been very receptive to it,” Taggart added on Saturday morning. “They are very thankful.”

Jay Sharma of Pacific Shredding was on hand to run the truck, and several Lions Club members took a turn at taking the materials from the cars driving through and accepting the food donations. The effort lasted about four hours and was set up in the Park ‘n Ride lot at First and Main, across Main from Viking.

Based on the participation, estimating 60 to 70 residents took advantage of the service, Taggart said it’s likely something the Lions Club will offer again.

“It was an opportunity to serve,” Taggart said. “That’s our motto … we serve.”