Lexington woman's memorial box found months after disappearing

Published: Mar. 26, 2016 at 10:46 PM EDT
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Two months after a Lexington woman’s

it has been returned.

Little Free Libraries are boxes near streets where people can take and leave books freely. Nicole Breazeale created her box as a tribute to her late husband, Phillip. The box was covered in bumper stickers that summed up Phillip’s personality and was full of books that meant something to him.

On the one-year anniversary of Phillip’s death, Breazeale put the box outside. The ground was too cold to put up a post for the box, so Breazeale set it out on a stand. Less than 24 hours later, the box had vanished.

Breazeale posted a plea for people to keep an eye out for the box on Facebook. That post got thousands of shares and

but the box that started the movement didn’t turn up. Breazeale thought it was likely that someone had simply picked the box up thinking someone had put it out as trash.

Thursday night, two months after the box went missing, Breazeale learned that she had been right all along. In a Facebook post, she said she got a call from Michelle Beck, a woman she didn’t know who said she had found the box in an elderly couple’s living room. Beck said the couple found the box on the side of the road and thought it was interesting. They hadn’t heard the story of the missing box. After Beck explained the box’s background, the couple asked her to find Breazeale to get it back to her.

Friday night, Breazeale got her special box back with all the books still inside. She plans to put the box out again on Phillip’s birthday.

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