The owner of a video game store in downtown Penticton is giving back to the community for the second straight holiday season. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

The owner of a video game store in downtown Penticton is giving back to the community for the second straight holiday season. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Game Cave in Penticton continues its holiday give back in 2021

Owner of the video game store anticipates several families will be helped this Christmas

On a cold, snowy Dec. 6 morning, Trevor Sparreboom was greeted by a customer at his video game store that almost left him in tears.

Sparreboom, the owner of Game Cave in downtown Penticton had a customer come in and buy a Nintendo Switch game console and then gave it right back to the store. The customer told Sparreboom to donate it to a family in need as part of Game Cave’s giving back holiday campaign.

The genorisity of the customer will help bring joy to a second family who may need a bit of cheer this holiday, he said.

This will be the second year Sparreboom will be gifting video games, consoles and other entertainment items to families in need this Christmas.

Sparreboom opened up his store in October of 2020 at a time when many families were struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing that struggle, Sparreboom decided to give back to the community during Christmas.

The idea went off so well that he is doing it again in 2021.

“Last year was a big struggle for a lot of people,” said Sparreboom. “I had already heard a lot of stories of families that were having a really rough year. Last year I decided that I wanted to give back in any way I could, so I donated a console and it was such a big success that I thought, why not do it every year?”

The store donated a Nintendo Switch Fortnite bundle to a young Keremeos boy going through chemo treatments last year. An XBOX console and $300 was gifted to an additional four families. And this year, the giving continues.

Two Nintendo Switches consoles and a pair of $100 gift cards are among the items that will be donated this holiday season, with Sparreboom accepting nominations via his Facebook page until Dec. 17.

“It looks like we’re going to be able to help multiple families again this year, which is great,” he said.

If you are a family, or know of a family who could use a little brightness this holiday season, please send Game Cave a private message.

Sparreboom will be taking nominations until Friday, Dec. 17th, and the chosen family will be notified on Saturday, Dec. 18th. All nominations will remain anonymous and the winner will only be publicized if they authorize it.

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