Local Kids Wrap A Pat

Christmas came early for 300 kids in our area. Tuesday afternoon they got a chance to meet their favorite Patriots players, but also have a blast covering them in wrapping paper. It's called Wrap a Pat, and it's all in the holiday spirit.     

The players may look rough and tough on the field, but Tuesday it was all about the kids. Patriots owner Robert Kraft welcomed them into Gillette for this year's annual Children's Holiday Party.

“You see the young people come in here and the smiles on their faces and how much they appreciate being here. We all have a lot to be thankful for,” said Kraft.

And these dozens of kids from Salvation Army community centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island  have a lot to be thankful for with food, fun, and autographs from their favorite players, and we can't forget the Wrap a Pat game, where the children wrapped up Pats players like Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Julian Edelman.

“This is awesome,” said Edelman, “Not being around family and you having these kids around enjoying the Christmas spirit.”

It's a spirit players hope will teach kids about the good that can come from volunteering.

“I hope it holds a great example for the kids,” said Patriots receiver Wes Welker, “It's all about giving back to be successful in life and do the right things.”

Kraft also gave out an award in his wife's honor for volunteerism. She died last year after a battle with cancer.