Hawthorne Credit Union Helps With Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung and it’s time to remove the clutter of old paperwork and documents. Hawthorne Credit Union helps to make it easy and secure for you at their Shred Day and Food Drive to be held on Saturday, May 7, 10 am – Noon, at the Hawthorne Credit Union Naperville located at 1519 Naper Boulevard. Shred Day is open to the public and each participant is welcome to bring up to two medium-sized boxes of old paperwork and documents containing personal information. In lieu of a shredding fee, Hawthorne asks that non-perishable food items be brought for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry of Naperville.

For details, visit or call 630-369-4070. 


Hawthorne Credit Union officials suggest the following documents to consider for shredding:

• Old credit card receipts – Check your receipts against the monthly statement to confirm everything is accurate, then shred all except those needed to verify product warranties.
• Cancelled checks – Same as credit card receipts.
• Old credit card statements containing tax-related expenses should be kept for seven years.
• Old tax records – You can shred them after seven years, since the IRS has six years to challenge your tax return.
• Old paycheck stubs – Keep for one year to make sure they match your W-2, then shred them.
• Credit union or bank records – At the end of each year, go through your statements and only keep those related to taxes, business expenses, and housing or mortgage payments. Shred the rest.
• Documents with account passwords and PIN numbers, as well as those listing your maiden name, which is often used by credit card companies to confirm identity. Never throw them in the trash.


Hawthorne Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative offering membership to those who reside in the counties of DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will or Cook (west of Route 83). The current membership of 14,000 have the benefit of a range of financial services to include checking and savings accounts, mortgages, auto loans, Visa credit cards, financial planning and small business services. Many companies also offer the credit union as an employee benefit. Hawthorne Credit Union locations include 267 S. Weber Rd. in Bolingbrook, 1519 N. Naper Blvd. in Naperville, and via the campus branch at Alcatel Lucent.

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