Children’s names can be submitted to military unit commanders and directors of community organizations including: Pulaski County Children's Division, the MOCA head start programs in Richland, Waynesville, and Laquey, The B W Robinson State School in Rolla for the severely handicapped, the Piney Ridge Center and MOCA Community Services.

For over 33 years the St. Nick’s benefit has been held to bring a little Christmas cheer to children in need with a military affiliation and special needs adults in the community.
According to information provided to the Daily Guide through Charles Burleson, from Ronda Hutsell, 2013 ACS (Army Community Services) installation coordinator.
“The target group of the program is military and civilian personnel whose families are experiencing a significant degree of financial difficulty.”
This year's benefit is sponsored by the Fort Leonard Wood Lions Club and Army Community Services (ACS).
Casey Morris, Chairman of St. Nick’s Benefit and Lions Club representative, told the Daily Guide “the goal of the St. Nick's Benefit Program is to raise money to help kids, whose names have been put in the queue (web based program) by their sponsors, who might need a little help around Christmas time.”
Children’s names can be submitted to military unit commanders and directors of community organizations including: Pulaski County Children's Division, the MOCA head start programs in Richland, Waynesville, and Laquey, The B W Robinson State School in Rolla for the severely handicapped, the Piney Ridge Center and MOCA Community Services.
Morris would like POC and sponsors to submit the children's names to their units or organizations as soon as possible.
Once the unit commander or organizational director has signed off on the Fort Leonard Wood Lions Club St. Nick's program assistance request, the names are entered into a web based queue so that no child will be forgotten.
The program sponsors, the FLW Lions Club and ACS, need your help.
The public can help by:
• sponsoring a child or children
• donating money
• bringing unwrapped gifts and toys to Building 821, ( 6707 Colorado Avenue) Fort Leonard Wood.

Morris said, “The monetary donations are used to to purchase gifts for children who have not been sponsored by individuals.”
The deadline for accepting donations and gifts for this year’s St. Nick’s Benefit is December 9.
Morris added, “We shop all year long for the benefit and accept donations of money and toys all year long.”
This years program begins 10am, December 12 at Grant Hall, Fort Leonard Wood.
Highlights of this years program, according to Morris, will be the JROTC Acapella choir, the children’s choir from the CDC (Child development center), and distribution of the children's gifts to POCS (points of contact) of sponsoring organizations.
Morris said, “The St. Nick's Benefit is designed to help as many children in need as possible. Last year 881 children benefited from the St Nicks program.”
If you are interested sponsoring a child or making a donation for this years St. Nick's Benefit, contact Casey Morris, Fort Leonard Wood Lions Club, Building 821, (6707 Colorado Avenue) Fort Leonard Wood.