The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (MLK Center) is seeing anunprecedented numbers of families asking for help with toys and food this holiday season.

Last year MLK Center provided gifts for 283 children. This year, they have 360 kids they need to provide for.

MLK Center is alsoseeing a huge need to feed local families this Christmas. 274 families have requested help this year, up from 240 last year.

The MLK Center provided us with this e-mail they received on November 25th to give us an idea of the struggle those in need are facing;

“I thought I was all set for the holidays, but then my transmission went on my car. I had to use all my savings to get my car fixed so I could keep going back and forth to work. It was a huge bill and it wiped me out. I don’t have money for groceries, let alone for Christmas presents for my kids. I’m just trying to keep the rent paid. I really, really need this help.”

Help Provide A Local Child With A Gift This Holiday Season

The MLK Center provides gifts for infant children up to teenagers age 16.

The following items are always appreciated by the children and families they serve,MLK Community Center 2015 Xmas Toy Suggestions.

Their Santa’s Workshop toy distribution is Monday, December 21st. It would be most helpful if your toy donation was received as early as possible and by Mon.12/14at the latest, please.

Toys can be delivered to the MLK Center Loading Dock at 20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd., Newport RI Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00 pm

Help Feed A Local Family

The MLK CommunityCenter’sFood Pantryprovidedover 179,000 mealsin 2014 through its Feed a Friend food pantry&Food 2 Friends delivery to thehomebound hungry.

Christmas food should be donated by December 11th. For a list of suggestions and more information, view this PDFMLK Community Center Food Needs_Holidays2015.

Foodcan be delivered to the MLK Center Loading Dock at 20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd., Newport RI Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00 pm

The MLK Center

A glimpse into the many ways that the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, RI, makes a difference in the lives of people in Newport County who are primarily, but not exclusively, low income. The MLKCC provides educational, nutritional and social support.

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