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St. Nick's Benefit sponsors provide gifts for more than 800

 
Story and photo by Derek Gean
Assistant editor
dgean@gannett.com
 
More than 800 area children and special-needs adults will have a brighter holiday season thanks  to the efforts of 106 St. Nick’s Benefit  sponsors.

Community members gathered at Grant Hall auditorium to celebrate the “season of giving” at a ceremony Tuesday marking the conclusion of the program that provides community members with the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for area families.  

“For the last 17 years, the Fort Leonard Wood Lions Club has sponsored the event to help children from Army Community Service, foster care of Pulaski County, MOCA Head Start of St. Robert, B.W. Robinson State School for the Handicapped and Piney Ridge Center,” said Bruce Simpson, narrator and Lion’s Club treasurer.  

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