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Check off a child's Christmas wish list with 2015 Picayune-KBEY toy drive

MARBLE FALLS — On the heels of a very successful food drive, KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune and The Picayune are asking the community’s help for another big holiday event: the annual Christmas Toy Drive.

“We know it’s a lot to ask from the community after the way they came out for the food drive, but we know the Highland Lakes has such a big heart,” said Amber Weems, president of KBEY and publisher of The Picayune. “And this one, well, it’s for the kids.”

On Dec. 9 from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., KBEY will have live remotes at the Best Little Pawn Shop, 806 Ninth St. in Marble Falls, and the Burnet Fire Department, located on U.S. 281 South by the municipal airport in Burnet.

All the toys and donations collected will go to Highland Lakes Christmas is For Kids and Burnet County Santa’s Helpers. These organizations provide toys for children who otherwise might go without presents on Christmas morning.

“These two organizations give hope to so many kids,” Weems added. “Without Highland Lakes Christmas is For Kids and Burnet County Santa’s Helpers, there’s a chance that a lot of children wouldn’t experience the joy they deserve around Christmas.

“So we really want to encourage people to come out Dec. 9 and make a donation, whether it’s a new toy or money,” she said.

During the toy drive, people can meet the “Wake Up Call” crew of Ed Chandler and Kay Baker. But there will be many other staff members from KBEY, The Picayune and 101 Fun Things To Do in the Highland Lakes stopping by as well throughout the day.

And you might want to get your own Christmas list ready because Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance at the Best Little Pawn Shop during the toy drive.

If you can’t make it to the KBEY drop-off locations, bring your donations to:

• Cecil Motors, 2601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet

• Galloway Insurance, 105 N. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet

• Mama’s Home Cookin’, 200 S. West St. in Burnet

• Fisher’s Iron & Metal, 2706 Commerce St. in Marble Falls

• Hair Craft, 903 Second St. in Marble Falls

• Hill Country Collision, 1425 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls

• Madlyn’s, 2106 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls

• Marble Falls Flower & Gift Shop, 214 Main St. in Marble Falls

Go to or for more information. Go to to make a monetary donation online. And follow the Facebook pages of KBEY and The Picayune on Dec. 9 to see what’s going on during the drive itself.

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