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BOSTON (CBS) – The Patriots Pro Shop looked more like an arts and crafts studio on Tuesday, but it was all for a great cause.

The holiday season is right around the corner and the Patriots want to make sure everyone gets a little something special this year. On Tuesday, Patriots Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, Danny Aiken and Jermaine Cunningham joined hundreds of children at the team’s Pro Shop in Foxboro to help spread some holiday cheer to military men and women serving overseas.

As part of their “Celebrate Volunteerism” campaign, the Patriots held a holiday card decorating event, giving fans the chance to write messages and decorate cards that will be sent to troops overseas this holiday season.

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“It’s a cool, heart-felt story that is good to be a part of,” Gostkowski said. “It’s a great thing that is going on here. A lot of the troops don’t get mail. I’m sure it’s lonely over there, especially during the holidays when you’re away from your wife and family and friends. To get an unexpected treat like that, I’m sure it really hits home.”

Gostkowski did his best to make a card, but admits art is not his strong point.

“I am awful. Art was the only C I got in high school,” he said. “I made a little field goal post and that was it.”

The cards will be sent to troops through “Operation Christmas Cards,” a local company that makes sure troops all over the world — overseas and at home — receive plenty of holiday cheer.

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In addition to holding the card-making event, the Patriots honored “Operation Christmas Cards” founder Amanda Sullivan as their Difference Maker Of The Week.

For more information on “Operation Christmas Cards” and how to help, log on to their website!

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