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Kraft, players host holiday party

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots and owner Robert Kraft held the team's annual charitable foundation holiday party Tuesday evening at Gillette Stadium, hosting a number of community children along with the Salvation Army.

Patriots players in attendance included linebackers Jerod Mayo, Dane Fletcher, and Gary Guyton; defensive lineman Vince Wilfork; safety Brandon Meriweather; punter Zoltan Mesko; tight end Rob Gronkowski; kicker Shayne Graham; wide receivers Deion Branch and Matthew Slater; and running back Sammy Morris.

Cornerback Devin McCourty, who left Sunday’s game in Chicago with a rib injury, was among the players who were scheduled to attend, but he was not spotted at the event.

Players served snacks to the children in attendance and took part in holiday-themed games, including the well-known “Wrap-A-Pat” competition.