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How to register for Santa's Workshop

2019 registration began on September 30th and closed on December 6th. 2020 registration to be announced.


Please register in person,

Mon - Fri 10 am - 4 pm.  For more information, call the Center at (401) 846-4828

Christmas is a special time, but for many families, putting presents under the tree can be very difficult.  Santa's Workshop at the MLK offers registered families the chance to choose holiday gifts and toys for their children.

Who is eligible?

Any Newport County parent or guardian with children in the home, from infants to age 18 (and still in high school) who is not registered for holiday help with any other agency or non-profit.

For registration, please bring: 

  • photo ID

  • proof of household for all family members (i.e. lease, SNAP letter, etc.)

  • proof of Newport County address

In 2018...


874 kids

from 395 families received holiday toys and gifts

How to volunteer or donate to Santa's Workshop

New and unwrapped toys and gifts can be donated at the Center's Loading Dock, Mon- Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, by 12/9/19 at the latest.


Interested in holding a toy drive?

Let us know!

Santa's Workshop wouldn't be possible without generous community and corporate support. Thousands of toys are needed. Click here to download a list of suggested toy and gift donations. 

Without hundreds of volunteers, the program wouldn't exist. To help, reach out to Nancy Harten at or 401.846.4828 x103.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd.

Newport, RI 02840

Phone: 401-846-4828

Fax: 401-848-7360

EIN: 05-0271882


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