Patriots distribute Thanksgiving baskets for the needy

ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) — The Patriots kicked off the holiday season Monday by distributing Thanksgiving baskets to help those in need.

The Patriots continued their long tradition with Goodwill, handing out Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families. Patriots owner Robert Kraft also presented a $10,000 check to Goodwill.

Players did the heavy lifting, carrying the food baskets to cars. The team has done the Thanksgiving outreach with Goodwill since Kraft bought the team in 1992.

Coach Bill Belichick gave players Monday and Tuesday off following Sunday’s victory in San Francisco and players said they were happy to spend their day off helping others.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend it than to give to some families that might be going through a time where this is really helpful,” said Devin McCourty. “The amount of thanks you get in a 30-second walk to a car is tremendous, just happy to be doing something you know is positive.”

In total, 220 families received baskets of food for Thanksgiving.

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