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The Picayune/KBEY Food Drive aims to top last year’s spirit of giving

Marble Falls Fire Rescue personnel help out at The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive on Nov. 11 at H-E-B in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Mandi Wyatt

MARBLE FALLS — As the holiday season approaches, many of us are thinking of family gatherings, shopping, and, of course, food.

But as blessed as we are to live in an incredible country and state, some of our neighbors face the prospect of no meals to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

That’s when organizations such as The Helping Center of Marble Falls and LACare in Burnet step in, providing food — even holiday meals — for Highland Lakes residents struggling to make ends meet.

And you can help those organizations turn the holidays into something special for their clients by participating in The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive.

“We know it’s a busy time of year for everybody, but we’re just asking people to donate a couple of items or some money at one of the sites set up on Veterans Day (Nov. 11),” said Mandi Wyatt, associate publisher of The Picayune. “With just a few things, you can really make a world of difference in people’s holidays and lives.”

Marble Falls Fire Rescue and the Burnet Fire Department are jumping on board to help make this the most successful food drive ever. The main drop-off sites on Friday are H-E-B, 1503 RR 1431 in Marble Falls, and the Burnet Fire Station, 2002 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet.

Those two sites will be operating from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. with live broadcasts by KBEY. You’ll also find local firefighters and other first responders assisting in the event.

“Plus, being it’s Veterans Day, we’ve asked several of our Highland Lakes veterans to stop by,” Wyatt said. “It’s a great opportunity for you to come by and thank them for their service.”

Even if you don’t have a few non-perishable items to drop off, consider making a monetary donation. Money often goes further for The Helping Center and LACare as staff can purchase items from the Capital Area Food Bank in bulk and at reduced prices.

Other locations with drop-off boxes include Paceline Collision, 2300 Ninth St. in Marble Falls; Cricket Wireless, 1904 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls; Sprint, 2511 U.S. 281 #600 in Marble Falls; Freemon Shapard & Story, 608 U.S. 281, Suite 102, in Marble Falls; Circle B Liquor, 1108 RR 1431 in Marble Falls; Lizzie’s Flowers, 102 E. Polk in Burnet; Bulldog Bodywerks, 1304 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet; and Custom Home Theater & Drones, 1510 U.S. 281 #206 in Marble Falls.

“Last year, we raised more than 1,600 pounds of food and $1,900 for the two food pantries, and we’re hoping to top that this time,” Wyatt added. “And we know that, with the generous hearts here in the Highland Lakes, it can be done.”

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