2014-11-27 / Around Town

How to Help for the Holidays

Child and Family

More than 90 children are still waiting to be matched in Child & Family’s Adopt-A-Family program. A “wish list” will be provided to assist with shopping for the child or children with whom you are matched. If preferred, a monetary donation or gift certificate for the child is another way to become involved and is greatly appreciated. For more information, call Landa at 401-848-4210 or email lpatterson@childandfamilyri.com.

Toys for Tots

n The Newport Fire Department and Firefighter Local 180 are sponsoring a Toys for Tots donation drive. All toys will be given to Child and Family. Unwrapped toys can be brought to any Newport Fire station beginning Dec. 1. For more information, call 401-845-5908.

n Century 21 Topsail Realty is holding a Toys for Tots challenge and Santa visit on Saturday, Dec. 6, at its office at 640 Thames St. They will match $2 for every unwrapped toy that is dropped off from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. If unable to come to the office, call 401-849-9192 to arrange for toy pickup. Century 21 Topsail Realty is a drop station for Toys for Tots until Dec. 12.

MLK Center

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will distribute Christmas food baskets to more than 200 families. The MLK Center also hosts a two-day Santa’s Workshop where parents can select toys and gifts for more than 250 children. The Center is currently in need of:

Food for Christmas baskets and grocery store gift cards for clients to use to purchase food.

New and unused toys and volunteers for Santa’s Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed ongoing to fill holiday baskets and to set up Santa’s Workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 17, starting at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Nancy, at 401-846-4828 x103 or nharten@mlkccenter.org.

FOP Toy Drive

The Newport Police Department and F.O.P. Lodge #8 are collecting new, unwrapped toys for area families in need. Toys and holiday food baskets will be delivered in December. Items can be dropped at the Newport Police station, 120 Broadway. For more information, call 401-845-5714.

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