Volunteers come to MLK Center’s rescue

SETTING UP: Rachel Lawler, a volunteer at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, organizes toys for the organization’s “­Santa’s Workshop” program, which allows families to choose from a selection of free gifts for their children.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN
SETTING UP: Rachel Lawler, a volunteer at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, organizes toys for the organization’s “­Santa’s Workshop” program, which allows families to choose from a selection of free gifts for their children.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

While the holiday season is always a busy time for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, this year the spike in activity goes back to August and has continued each month, Executive Director Heather Strout says. Now that’s compounded by an intensified version of the typical holiday rush. A well-used program that

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