Lead by owner Sean Napolitano, A1 Roofing & Construction, delivered over 60 Thanksgiving turkeys to the Newport Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center for distribution to those less fortunate.

A1 Roofing and Construction located on Bliss Road in Newport donated more than 60 turkeys to the Marcus Wheatland Avenue based Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to help those in need celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving.  This was the fifth year A1 has donated to the Community Center as part of the company’s efforts to be community oriented and lead by encouraging other local organizations to give back.

“A1 has always been focused on providing for those in need,” stated A1 Roofing & Construction owner, Sean Napolitano. “Whether it is through our No Roof Left Behind annual contribution to the community or to the MLK Center, every one of our employees wants to provide shelter and sustenance especially during the Holidays.  It’s about warmth & family and all of us at A1 are more than happy to help make that happen,” Napolitano added.

“A1 has been a traditional donor to the MLK Center and we are so much appreciative of their continued generosity over the years,” said Heather Strout, Assistant Executive Director for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.  “Through community minded organizations like A1, we were able to offer meals to over 350 families and 1,000 individuals during our Thanksgiving food distribution program.  A1’s contribution is integral to our programs’ success,” she further offered.

About A1 Roofing & Construction:

A1 Roofing & Construction has been serving the Newport and surrounding area with professional construction management services for over 25 years.  Through the company’s fleet of 20 plus job specific vehicles, A1 provides roofing, renovation, new construction and dumpster content processing.  The firm is privately held.

About the Martin Luther King Center:

Since 1922, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has continued to evolve in providing a safe and nurturing environment for the changing needs of Newport County residents who seek nutritional, educational, and social supports to improve the quality of their lives.  www.mlkcenter.org

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