News Briefs for December 8, 2015

A lot can fit into a shoebox, especially when it’s being used to put together a collection of gifts ‘from the heart’ for women in shelters.

Shoeboxes filled with joy for women in shelters

A lot can fit into a shoebox, especially when it’s being used to put together a collection of gifts ‘from the heart’ for women in shelters.

The Shoebox Project was founded in 2011, the idea being to fill decorated shoeboxes with items valued at $50 which recipients will “enjoy, but would not splurge on for herself in difficult times.”

The boxes are collected and distributed to women living in many communities, including shelters in the South Vancouver Island area.

You can find out how to make up a shoebox, and what’s appropriate to include at shoeboxproject.com by clicking the ‘Make a Shoebox’ link.

The South Vancouver Island Shoebox Project will be accepting shoeboxes until Dec. 10, with distribution taking place Dec. 11 to 18.

Boxes can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce in Ladysmith, 33 Roberts Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 250.245.2112 to confirm.

Missing Ladysmith Woman located

Destiny Raye Williams was located Dec. 1, and is in ‘good health’ Ladysmith RCMP reported.

“Ladysmith RCMP would like to thank all members of the public who took the time to call in, reporting their possible sightings of Ms. Williams,” says a release from Sgt. Ken Brissard.

Citizens of Ladysmith responded in numbers to a Nov. 27 post on the Ladysmith/Chemainus Chronicle Facebook page about concern for Williams’, who was reported missing by her family Nov. 25.

The post reached more than 50,000 people and was shared 717 times.

Disseminating word quickly to a broad audience is important in missing persons cases, and the Chronicle’s Facebook page, as well as reports in the newspaper, are proving effective channels.