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Brady, Patriots in the holiday spirit

12/14/2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots Charitable Foundation hosted the 18th annual Children's Holiday Party tonight at Gillette Stadium and the night was highlighted by an appearance from quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady, donning a red Santa cap, spoke to the kids in attendance and later took part in the Wrap-a-Pat, where players get covered in wrapping paper.

"As the oldest one here, I thought I'd say a few things. Is this cool or what?" Brady said, before asking if the kids had been good this year.

Patriots receiver Wes Welker also spoke, noting that it was a pleasure for him and about 20 other teammates to attend on their day off.

"To come out and see everybody out here, and to be able to support volunteerism and Mr. Kraft and his family -- for so many years, he's been all about that -- it's such a great thing," Welker said. "I hope it's a great example for you kids to understand that it's all about giving back. Whether it's money or time, or anything else, being able to give back is such a huge thing. So I hope that's one thing that you young people take away from this and continue to do."

Owner Robert Kraft also spoke to the kids. Earlier, he addressed reporters and highlighted the theme of the night.

"[One] thing we all take for granted is how blessed we are to live in this region. You see the young people come in here, the smiles on their face, and how much they appreciate being here; we all have a lot to be thankful for. We take a lot of things for granted," he said. "We need more acts of civility in society and we have to cherish those we care about and make sure we tell them we love them."