Current and former members of the Patriots turned out tonight to Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Roxbury to distribute baskets of food to families in need.
Vince Wilfork, Rob Gronkowski, Kevin Faulk, Ron Brace and Kyle Love all joined Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others at the event that provided baskets to 220 families. The baskets included turkeys, canned goods and other fixings to complete a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Many of the players were joined by friends and family to participate.
"How lucky are we to be in the greatest country in the world and celebrate this holiday and our blessings," Kraft said.
The event was one of the favorites for Kraft and his wife, Myra, who passed away earlier this year. This is the 18th year of the event that began with a small goal.
"She made us aware that Morgan Memorial was one of the greatest institutions for helping people to help themselves get on their feet," Kraft said. "... This organization has been so great doing this and we had a chance to bring these turkey baskets to help people have a more joyous holiday."
Faulk said the event is special to him because he appreciates the hardships some people are facing.
"It's the holiday season," Faulk said. "Growing up, a lot of people weren't able to have everything, but they were able to have something. And some people aren't able to have anything, so for someone to have a basket with the necessities for a holiday season, that's a great feeling."