Williams Lake RCMP members unload one of several beds hand-crafted by inmates for First Nations communities and local organizations.

Inmates help Santa’s Cariboo Chilcotin efforts

RCMP were out in full force Wednesday unloading a truckload of gifts and furniture, made by inmates for boys and girls in the Cariboo.

Members of the Williams RCMP were out in full force Wednesday morning unloading a truckload of gifts and furniture, made by inmates for boys and girls in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Thanks to a partnership between the Punky Lake Wilderness Society and Corrections Services Canada, inmates from correction facilities around the province handcrafted enough beds, shelves, warm blankets, winter wear and toys to fill a large transport truck to the brim.

The goods are destined for First Nations communities in the Cariboo Chilcotin and other services organizations in Williams such as the Child Development Centre.

“This is the fifth shipment we’ve received but it’s the biggest by far,” said Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society executive director Sarah Jackman, as the truck pulled up to a warehouse on Mackenzie Avenue.

“When I visited with some of the inmates in October they were already excitedly planning for Christmas.”

Some of the inmates — mostly males — have even been sewing star blankets and knitting hats and mitts.

“Who would have known they’d be great at sewing and knitting,” Jackman smiled.

And some companies, hearing about the project, got on board and donated mitts and toques as well.

A second truck with a flatbed contained stacks of hand-crafted garden sheds.

One, measuring eight by 16 feet was destined for the school at Yunesit’in (Stone Indian Band) and another for the Anaham trapline.

Jackman said the program is only a year old.

“We just started talking about it last fall.”

Crediting Brian Lang, district director with Corrections Canada, with the idea, Jackman said Lang’s idea was to keep prisoners occupied in a good way.

“Brian wanted to provide them with skills they could use for employment and benefit communities that could use a hand by giving back to them.”

Jackman met Lang on an unrelated issue and he asked her if she would partner with him.

 

Just Posted

More than 75 golfers tee off at annual WLGTC 2 Lady Classic

Visiting players account for more than half the field

Dr. Glenn Fedor honoured with lifetime achievement award

Early in his career, Dr. Fedor provided GP anesthesia, maternity care and emergency medicine.

UPDATE: River Valley fire started at location of homeless camp

“Fire is out,” Peterson said. “Cause is undetermined but was in the location of a camp.”

CCCTA pleased with marketing efforts

The new three per cent accommodation tax collected since May 2018 totals $674,000

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read