They lined the streets and the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on Kiowa. More than 500 turned out today... taking part in Letter Rip... an event put together by Iron Mountain, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and KKTV's Call For Action.
These folks brought cartons, boxes, and bags of old checks, bank statements, and 10 year old tax returns. They waited patiently to unload their documents and then see them pulverized into tiny bits and pieces.
John White told us, "I got a lot of stuff to get rid of and I have an old paper machine and one sheet at a time is a long time."
Yanci Beers said, "We needed to clean out of our offices so it was nice to be able to come here on a Friday and do it."
Tim Olson also did some spring cleaning. He says, "I just have some bills that have been sitting around and I save my receipts from my bills that I pay and I have some all the way back to '99."
Altogether workers crushed close to 30,000 pounds of paper which will later be recycled.
And the event was also a winner for Care and Share. Those who participated donated thousands of dollars in food and in cash to the local food bank.
Pam Hurtt told us, "Care and Share desperately needs food from the entire community. This is just a little bit of what we can do to help out."