FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — It’s time to shake off the Scroogeness, buy of few toys or reach into your pockets and head over to the annual KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune-The Picayune Toy Drive on Dec. 17 to help guarantee all children enjoy a very Merry Christmas.
“We here at KBEY and The Picayune realize that not everybody can have a great Christmas without a little help,” said Amber Weems, president of KBEY and publisher of The Picayune. “And with the help of some incredible local businesses and sponsors, we know our listeners and readers can make a difference in the lives of children across the Highland Lakes. That’s what this toy drive is all about: helping the children.”
Last year, the first toy drive brought in more than $1,400 in monetary donations and a lot of toys. This year, “Wake Up Call” host Ed Chandler believes we can do better.
“Though I’ve only been here a couple of years, I’ve seen how incredibly generous this community is,” he said. “The recent Thanksgiving food drive showed that. And I know we’ll get a great response for the toy drive.”
All the donations will go to Highland Lakes Christmas is for Kids and Burnet County Santa’s Helpers. Both organizations work to make sure no child wakes up Christmas morning without presents under the tree.
Several local businesses are hosting drop-off boxes. But on Dec. 17, KBEY and The Picayune are holding a toy drive celebration in Burnet and Marble Falls.
People can drop off toys from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lee Hoffpauir Chevrolet and Buick in Marble Falls, 2301 U.S. 281 North, and at the KBEY Burnet studio, located at the corner of Main and Washington on the courthouse square.
“One of the things I love about the toy drive is just seeing all the people stopping by and helping out,” Chandler said. “We spend a lot of time in the studio, so something like this really gives people a chance to come by visit and make a difference in a kid’s life.”
“We love this community and are a part of it,” she said. “So when we can help out, we’re glad to do just that. It’s not just us, either, but the efforts of the listeners, readers and Highland Lakes businesses that continue to make this such a special place to live and work.”