The rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce Board members volunteering at the Fall Shred Event at Lincoln County Publishing Co. on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Dozens braved the drizzly morning to bring more than 3,000 pounds of documents to the publishing company to be shredded. Monetary donations or a brand-new school supply were accepted for each bag or box a person brought to shred.
The event raised more than $1,000, a portion of which will be used to purchase additional supplies for local schools.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to the very first shred event,” Terri Herald, the chair of the chamber’s events committee, said. “Even though it was a bit soggy, we had a good time and had many donations for school supplies!”
Due to the success of the fall event, a similar shred event will be held in the spring on Saturday, April 13, at Lincoln County Publishing Co. The spring event will accept donations to local food pantries in exchange for each bag or box a person wishes to shred.
The Fall Shred Event was part of the first-ever Newcastle Cares Day, an event created by a coalition of Newcastle businesses to support area nonprofits that contribute to the community.
Participating in the inaugural event were Belle Jolie, Body of Waters, Consigning Women, Homeport Supply, Lincoln County Publishing Co., Louis Doe Home Center, Mexicali Blues, Sewing Machines Fixed, Shuck Station, and Sproul’s Furniture Store. Renys also supported the event, as its headquarters is located in Newcastle. Country Coach Charters provided trolley service between the businesses, and The Lincoln Home provided parking for the event.
Each of the businesses collected donations for or supported a nonprofit through sales. The organizations receiving support were Hearty Roots, Girl Scouts of Maine, The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, the Damariscotta River Association, CHIP Inc., the Isabelle Manahan Memorial Fund, The Lincoln Home, the Central Lincoln County YMCA, and Friends of Ken Vinal.
More details about future Newcastle Cares Day events will be in future editions of The Lincoln County News.