Sooke community brings holiday cheer to sick elderly man

Sooke community brings holiday cheer to sick elderly man

In a small community like Sooke, people like to take care of one another, especially around the holidays.

On Sunday night, Sooke residents joined together to bring Christmas cheer to a local man who is unwell.

After the Santa Parade, more than 30 people showed up outside the man and his wife’s house to sing Christmas carols.

Melissa Brilling, who organized the carolling event, said she just wanted to brighten up the holidays for the elderly couple.

“I personally know how the holidays are when someone isn’t well,” said Brilling.

Brilling lost her mother almost three years ago on Dec. 29, and said when she was in Nova Scotia spending the holidays at the hospital with her mom, the community stepped up and took care of her family.

“We would come home and there would be food in the oven, and all the decorations were put up for us. We didn’t have to do anything and it still felt like Christmas, so I just wanted to try and create that same sense of community and love,” Brilling said.

Stick in the Mud coffeehouse donated hot chocolate, and 20 children from Amber Academy also showed up to show their support.

Keli Dunn, founder of Amber Academy, said the kids were able to participate in the carolling were very moved by it.

“It doesn’t take much to make a difference to someone else,” said Dunn. “It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day situations, but I think it’s very important to just take some time and look around, and see where you can give back. There’s so much more to life than our day-to-day. “

Dunn said when the kids came over from the parade, they were feeling very spirited and wanted to bring that same Christmas cheer to the couple.

“We have a wonderful community here in Sooke, and I think it was really meaningful for the couple to know that the community is here for them,” said Dunn. “It was very special for the kids as well, to see that they can make a difference.”

Brilling agreed saying the couple was excited to see all the carollers and extremely happy with the music, adding that the best part of the night was seeing how surprised they were when they opened up the blinds.

“They looked like little kids in a candy store, it was so great,” said Brilling. “You just never know who has a hard time with holidays, and you never know what someone might be going through, so you might as well take care of everybody every day.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Various Victoria locations were hit with a slew of anti-bylaw graffiti Wednesday. This image has been altered to cover up profane language. (Submitted photo)
UPDATED: Slew of anti-bylaw graffiti an ‘unacceptable’ form of communication says Victoria mayor, police

Downtown businesses, bylaw office and Ministry of Finance vandalized Wednesday morning

The Gordon Head Recreation Centre stands in as the Quimper Regional Hospital on Feb. 23 for filming Maid, a 10-part Netflix series. (Greg Sutton/District of Saanich)
Netflix transforms Saanich recreation centre into hospital for filming

Facility was closed to public Feb. 23 for filming of Maid

Greg Chow is the 2021 Local Hero of the Year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Fighting fire a family affair for Colwood Assistant Chief Greg Chow

With 38 years of service, Greg Chow is the 2021 Hero of the Year

This rendering shows plans for the new “flyover”overpass connecting northbound traffic on Highway 17 heading west on Keating Cross Road. Plans currently seeking public input propose two options for the median along Keating Cross Road. Option 1 will prevent left turns onto Tamany Drive and Buena Vista Road. Option 2 (seen here)will allow for left turns onto Tamany Drive and Bujena Vista Road. (Screencap/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Public asked for comment on proposed overpass for Pat Bay in Central Saanich

New flyover overpass proposed for Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

When his owner had knee surgery, Kevin, 2, was able to continue to go for walks thanks to volunteers from Elder Dog Canada. (Contributed photo)
B.C. woman has nothing but praise for Elder Dog Canada

National organization has a fleet of volunteer walkers ready, but needs more clients to serve

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

A Nanaimo RCMP vehicle in the Woodgrove Centre parking lot. (News Bulletin file photo)
Woman groped by stranger in mall parking lot in Nanaimo

Incident happened near bus loop Saturday, Feb. 20, at about 4:45 p.m.

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

Most Read