The community's first-ever shred event Thursday was a success.
Cars began to line up at the Quincy Place Mall an hour before the shredding truck from Heartland Shredding arrived. The service was free and participants didn't even have to get out of their cars.
By 11:15 a.m., around a dozen cars had already come through. With no limit on how much each individual could bring to shred, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
"They've had these papers for years to get rid of, so they are very excited," said Joan Nydle, Milestones Area Agency on Aging. "They have come in from the surrounding areas took, so they are just very excited."
The event was coordinated through Milestone's Senior Medicare Patrol program. Volunteers from U.S. Bank, First Community Credit Union and South Ottumwa Savings Bank were on hand to help unload trunks and pass cars through the line. The sponsorship from the banks also allowed the event to be free.
Next, Milestones will look at holding another event around the same time next year.