FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation invites children to let their imaginations run wild this holiday season to create handmade ornaments during its annual contest.

"The contest is a wonderful opportunity for children to use their imagination to create something unique to their personality," Aida Stallings, Fort Rucker Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation community recreation division business manager, said. "It also gives them a sense of accomplishment to see their ornament displayed on the post Christmas tree."

Contest entry is free and open to children ages 3-11. Ornaments may be turned into the Youth Center, Child Development Center or the Special Events office inside Bldg. 5700, Rm. 390, through Nov. 23.

According to Fink, the ornament should be constructed using materials appropriate for display on a tree located outdoors and to avoid using anything breakable.

"Parents and guardians are allowed to help with the ornament, but it should be the child's creation," she said. "Be creative. We have had so many ornaments in the past that were made out of a variety of things. Use your imagination."

The contest usually receives 20-30 ornament entries each year, Stallings said.

Prizes will be awarded to first-place entries in the following categories: 3-5 years old, 6-8 years old and 9-11 years old.

"All entries will be displayed on the post Christmas tree," Stallings said. "Please label your entry with the child's name and age and the guardian's name and contact information."

Awards will be presented at this year's Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 1 and the overall winner will light the tree.

For more information, call 255-1749.