SOUTH PORTLAND — The Maine Red Claws basketball team is planning to spend Thanksgiving with residents of the Long Creek Youth Development Center.

Long Creek’s basketball team, the A.R. Gould School Bears, will greet the players around noon before sitting down for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

The team has visited Long Creek several times over the past two years. Jana Spaulding, the Red Claws’ director of public and community relations, said the players have made an impact on youth living there. She said Long Creek residents have made an impact on the team too.

“The players are away from home and don’t have a typical Thanksgiving,” Spaulding said. “They can certainly relate to not being with their families, as these kids can.”

After the Thanksgiving meal, the Red Claws will board a bus and head south for the team’s first game on Friday in Springfield, Mass.