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Updated: 12/11/2013 12:34:02PM

Dentist plays Santa again this year

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SUN PHOTO BY BOB MUDGE

Dentist Don Lackey's Christmas tree is dwarfed by the pile of toys next to it, representing only a small portion of donations from his patients.

SUN PHOTO BY BOB MUDGE

The front desk in dentist Don Lackey's office is unapproachable, thanks to the mountain of toys donated by his patients.

SUN PHOTO BY BOB MUDGE

Venice dentist Don Lackey holds a stuffed dog destined to be a Christmas present for a young boy or girl. His office has traded teeth-cleanings for new toys each December for 18 years.

By BOB MUDGE

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In the classic Christmas TV show “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Hermey is a toy-making elf who would rather be a dentist.

Venice dentist Don Lackey doesn’t have any ambition to be a toymaker, but he does his share each year to make Christmas brighter for less-fortunate children.

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