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Anthony, then 8, is all smiles as he was one of the first to visit with Santa Claus during last year’s Needy Children’s Christmas Party.
Christmas celebration tonight

As Troy Slattery sees it, this isn’t a swan song for the Needy Children’s Christmas Party; even knowing Dunnellon Fire Rescue and Dunnellon Fire Auxiliary were disbanded when the council opted to contract with Marion County Fire Rescue for fire services within the city limits.

He and others hope another nonprofit organization within the greater Dunnellon area will take the reigns and continue the tradition, which began 27 years ago, of providing Christmas gifts for children.