St. Nick's benefit brings holiday joy to area children
By Ms Martha Yoshida (Leonard Wood)December 15, 2011
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The Fort Leonard Wood Lions Club, in combination with Army Community Service and numerous community groups surrounding the installation, hosted the 31st Annual St. Nick's Benefit, Dec. 13, here in Grant Hall.
"This year's St. Nick's Benefit is a cooperative effort between the Fort Leonard Wood Lions Club and the community, both on post and off to provide some holiday joy to children in this area who may otherwise go without a Christmas present," Lisa Clinton, Lions Club member and St. Nick's Benefit chairperson, said.
With the generous help of all involved, the 2011 St. Nick's Benefit will provide gifts to more than 830 children and young adults.
"If you weren't in the Christmas spirit before you got here, you will be by the time you leave," said Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Commander, Col. Charles Williams.
The Strong Beginnings Pre-K Child Development Center provided Christmas carols including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
The Boys and Girls Town Choir of St. James presented a memorable holiday vocal performance including a surprise impersonation of Elvis Presley.
Santa and Mrs. Claus made a guest appearance for the event, the 399th Army Band provided background music, Bruce Simpson, Fort Leonard Wood Lions Club, was Master of Ceremonies and Senior Chaplain (Col.) James Watson provided the invocation and benediction.