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Fill the Shelves at The Picayune-KBEY Food Drive Nov. 7

The Picayune and KBEY Food Drive is 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Marble Falls and Burnet fire stations.

Taking care of our community is a hallmark of the Highland Lakes. Each year — day in, day out — the people of this area pitch in no matter what or how big the task. Last year’s The Picayune and KBEY Food Drive was one of the biggest on record.

This year, we’re hoping Highland Lakes residents will dig into their pockets — maybe a tad deeper — or load up their shopping carts — maybe a tad fuller — to donate to the annual food drive. With the recent floods forcing many residents out of their homes, area food pantries will probably experience an even higher need this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Picayune and KBEY Food Drive, set for Wednesday, Nov. 7, is a great way to support The Helping Center of the Marble Falls Area and LACare in Burnet.

“I think the way so many people responded to help during the flood just shows what an amazing place we live,” said Mandi Wyatt, The Picayune associate publisher. “We know that many of those folks who lost their homes or are trying to figure out what to do next might need a little help making sure this Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is special. That’s what this food drive is all about.”

The Picayune and KBEY Food Drive takes place 6 a.m.-3 p.m. at Marble Falls Fire Rescue, 700 Avenue N, and the Burnet Fire Department, 2002 S. Water St. (U.S. 281).

So come in, or drive through, and make a donation of money or a non-perishable food item. Several of The Picayune and KBEY folks will be on hand to accept your donations, including Ed Chandler and Kay Baker of the “Wake Up Call” on KBEY 103.9 FM.

They’ll be doing their morning show live at the Marble Falls Fire Rescue station from 6-10 a.m.

“Ed and I really love the food drive,” said Baker. “We look forward to this all year, right along with the toy drive which is coming in December. It’s one of the few times they let me out in public, so I try to really live it up while I’m out there.”

But you don’t have to wait until Nov. 7 to start making a difference. You can drop off donations now at the two fire stations as well as Koko Fit Club, 1400 RR 1431, Suite 120, in Marble Falls, and Galloway Insurance, 100 Avenue H, Suite 101, in Marble Falls. These are the designated drop-off locations leading up to the event.

“We know it’s a busy time of year, so all you have to do is drive up and hand off your donation or let us help you unload some food,” Wyatt added. “Donate whatever you can spare because it all helps.”

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