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Key Biscayne Christmas party provides gifts, treats for community children

Hundreds of Liberty City children filed out of yellow schoolbuses and onto the Village Green park in Key Biscayne for an outdoor Christmas party. They were greeted Saturday by Santa Claus before running out onto the playing field to race each other, do cartwheels, toss footballs and play on an inflatable slide.

Miami Fire Rescue parked one of its trucks on the green and turned on a fire hose so the kids could cool off. After a few hours of play and some lunch, white vans carrying mounds of bagged toys drove onto the green, and volunteers handed out gifts — make-up sets, basketballs and soccer balls, board games and educational toys — to each of the 200 children. The adults also got a few treats — turkeys, hams and pies for their holiday festivities.

The day of giving and fun was put together by Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles R. Press in partnership with the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, the village of Key Biscayne and the Miami Children’s Initiative, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City and investing in the community’s children…

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