CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of rubber ducks will be released at the US National Whitewater Center April 30 for the annual KinderMourn Hope Floats duck race.

The ducks race down the rapids to raise money for a Charlotte-based organization called KinderMourn, which provides hope for parents and families dealing with the loss of a child.

Join emcee Larry Sprinkle Sunday, April 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.  The event is free and family friendly.  There will be live music, games and kids activities.

More than 22,000 ducks will be dropped in the river with close to 20,000 people cheering them on! The Hope Floats duck race raised $135,000 last year and this year they hope to raise even more.

KinderMourn help grieving parents, children and teens by offering support and counseling programs, creating awareness of bereavement issues and empowering the community to effectively assist those who have suffered an unthinkable loss.

"Each duck represents hope. We have families that form teams in memory of their lost loved ones and for them to see those ducks in the water, it's a sign that the community supports them, and it's a sign of hope," Penny Hawkins, Director of Development at KinderMourn said.