Although not quite December, Laura’s Lane in Sooke got Christmas started a little bit earlier this year.

Neighbors and strangers alike all gathered to sing carols and bring some Christmas magic to Bob, a Sooke resident who’s been dealing with some health issues of late.

“He wasn’t doing so well a month ago and we wanted to start things early,” says Bob’s wife Marlene.

That’s why after a post on the Facebook group “Sooke Embrace” the community rallied to give him a  holiday surprise.

For the unsuspecting couple, what started out as a regular evening watching the Grey Cup turned into a night filled with Christmas cheer.

” We’ve only been here a year and a half and for people to turn out like that.. to know that they cared for Bob it really is wonderful.”

Holding back tears Bob too had a message for those who participated.

” Thank you very much for organizing it and for coming by, that’s very good brings tears to my eyes it’s all part of the Christmas spirit I think too,” said Bob

Just like that Christmas came early on Laura’s Lane.

Luisa Alvarez