Utica Comets players, coaches and staff spent part of their day Monday delivering 250 turkeys and other Thanksgiving goods to the Rescue Mission of Utica.

Players passed out turkeys to those in need and bagged potatoes and passed out stuffing, provided by the Rescue Mission.

“It’s good to get the guys out in the community,” said Comets player Reid Boucher. “This is a town that cares about their team so it’s good for us to give back.”

The annual tradition is in its fifth year.

The turkeys were purchased by Comets President Rob Esche's Save of the Day Foundation.

“It is wonderful to be able to see the Comets giving back, we’re grateful every year they do this,” said Jim Haid, Executive Director of the Rescue Mission. “It’s really a heartwarming thing to see and it shows the community is important to the Comets.”