Local organizations came together to hold the annual Marysville Shred-a-Thon again this year on July 11.

Participants were able to bring documents to be securely shredded and recycled and were also able to get rid of other material such as plastic foam (Styrofoam).

"We are doing a Shred-a-Thon. We are taking paper from members of the community. They come in, we take it from them and shred it for them," said Edward Chea, president of the Marysville Sunrise Rotary Club.

HomeStreet Bank, both Marysville Rotary clubs and the Rotaract Club of Snohomish County helped put this year's event on.

Usually the Marysville Legacy High School computer repair program also accepts electronics but they were not able to come this year.

"We are not taking electronics this year because we couldn't figure out a way to do it," said Chea.

While the event is traditionally held in the spring, the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the event this year.

"We had to postpone this due to the COVID situation," said Gloria Hirashima, chief administrative officer for the city of Marysville and one of the organizers of the event. "Ultimately, we had to evaluate the situation and decided that we could hold this event if we enforced the safety protocols.”

Individuals wore protective equipment and those who came to the event handled their own documents.

"We thought it would be a good event to bring back," said Hirashima. "We're doing it a little differently, but I think it's a great example about how you can still do things, you just have to be a little creative in how you put things on.”

Community volunteers also accepted food donations for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Volunteers said they enjoyed helping the community out.

"It is something we do annually," said Chea. "We get to hang out with our fellow organizations around here and give back to the community. That is what we are about.”

Local residents also get a chance to do some house cleaning and get rid of their documents in a secure location.

"I think what they really like is the opportunity to clean up their house and get rid of some of the accumulated paper," said Hirashima.

People who came in brought a lot of paper, she said.

"What we're seeing is that people are bringing in some pretty big loads because they spent some time cleaning up their houses," she said. "We just think it's a great community event and a way to offer some assistance to our community members.”

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