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Christmas Is For Kids accepting toy donations at Walkway of Lights parade in Marble Falls

MARBLE FALLS — With Christmas fast approaching and hundreds of area children facing a present-less holiday, organizers of a local toy drive are hoping residents show up Nov. 16 to the Walkway of Lights “Light Up Parade” with gifts in hand.

“We’re going to be at the end of the parade on a flat-bed trailer collecting toys,” said Christmas Is For Kids organizer Robben Thompson. “This is the second year that we’ve participated in the parade. We’re hoping more people know we’ll be there and will bring toys.”

PHOTO: Volunteers sort through donated toys for the Christmas Is For Kids program in 2011 in Marble Falls. Organizers will be accepting toy donations during the Light Up Parade, starting at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 16 on Main Street in Marble Falls. The parade launches the annual Walkway of Lights at Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive. File photo

Christmas Is For Kids started 22 years ago as a way to help financially struggling families get presents for their children. Last year, Thompson said, the organization served about 300 Marble Falls-area families.

During the parade, people can hand gifts to the volunteers on the trailer or to cheerleaders walking alongside, she said.

“This year, the Marble Falls High School cheerleaders will be helping by walking with the trailer,” Thompson said. “That way, if parents don’t want their child running up to the trailer to give a gift, he or she can hand it to a cheerleader.”

The parade starts at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 16 on the north end of Main Street and continues south to Lakeside Park, 307 Buena Vista Drive, for the official opening of the 2012 Walkway of Lights.

Patrons of  R-Bar & Grill, 904 3rd St., can help out the program as well. Thompson said the restaurant has pledged 10 percent of its sales Nov. 16 to Christmas Is For Kids.