Throughout the year and especially after tax season, confidential documents and papers can pile up.

Throughout the year and especially after tax season, confidential documents and papers can pile up. So, in a cooperative effort to give back to the community, the Credit Union of Dodge City is hosting its third annual Shred Day.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, participants can bring as many documents as they like to 1200 W. Frontview St. in Dodge City, and credit union staffers will help unload the paper and shred it. The Wichita-based company Shred-It will destroy all kinds of documents that don't need to be saved, including credit card applications, shopping receipts and tax information. Other items eligible for shredding include magazines and newspapers, and participants are encouraged to bring anything they would like destroyed.

Staff volunteers from the Credit Union of Dodge City are set to volunteer in shifts throughout the day. Blake Cook, director of human resources and marketing for the credit union said the volunteers, along with representatives from Shred-It, make sure every document is shredded.

"It's all done very securely," explained Cook. "Shred-It is a very conscientious company and they make sure nothing is missed or left behind.

She furthered her point by saying Shred-It is responsible for all of the Credit Union of Dodge City's in-house shredding of confidential and personal documents. Once the papers are shredded, everything is recycled.

The credit union hosted its first Shred Day in 2011, when the credit union teamed up with other cooperatives on a community service project, Cook said. Staffers came up with the idea of hosting a free event where people could get rid of confidential documents without compromising their security.

According to Cook, 9,000 pounds of paper was shredded during last year's event. She estimates 60-80 people showed up for Shred Day 2012, one venturing from as far away as Tribune, Kan.

For more information about Shred Day 2013 call the Credit Union of Dodge City of (620) 227-7181 or check out the credit union Facebook page.