Holiday Help

The holidays are a special time

…but for some of our Newport County neighbors, putting food on the table and toys under the tree can be difficult.

Our Thanksgiving and holiday food pantry offer festive meals to registered families.

Our Santa’s Workshop program offers registered families the opportunity to choose holiday gifts and toys for their children.

All Newport County residents, who are not registered for any other holiday help programs, are eligible.



Need some extra support for the holidays? The MLK is here to help.

To register for holiday help (Thanksgiving Assistance Program, Holiday Assistance Program and/or Santa’s Workshop), visit the MLK Community Center,  Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., starting Monday, October 16.  

Please bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of Address (i.e, mail with your address and name, lease agreement, etc.)
  • Proof of all family members living in the household

Registration for Thanksgiving Assistance Program ends Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Registration for Holiday Assistance Program and Santa’s Workshop ends Friday, December 08, 2023

If you missed registration, or for more information, contact Mel at (401) 846-4828 or


Santa’s Workshop wouldn’t be possible without generous community and corporate support.

Drop off Location and Times:  Please bring new and unwrapped toy/gift/ gift card donations to 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., anytime Mon.-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Due to construction, the donation drop-off location will be either our Edward Street entrance (ring bottom bell for entry) or newly constructed lobby entrance. Look for signage or call (401)846-4828, ext. 124 before dropping off.

Please donate as early as possible and no later than December 13th to help us prepare for Santa’s workshop. 

To hold a toy drive and schedule your donation date, contact Mel at (401)845-4828 ext. 124 or