LePage hosts food drive, offers personal tour of Blaine House to donors

The Blaine House in Augusta.
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Posted Oct. 11, 2013, at 6:05 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage will give a personal tour of the governor’s mansion Saturday to people donating food for the third annual Blaine House Food Drive.

The event will take place on three consecutive Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12, 19 and 26. The LePage family has hosted the event every year since the governor was elected.

LePage has also issued a “Food Drive Challenge” to Maine Chambers of Commerce. In a letter issued to the chambers, the governor encouraged participation in a local food drive throughout the month of October. Chambers that participate will have a chance to host a “Business After Hours” event at the Blaine House.

“As our holiday season approaches, it is very important that we remember those who are less fortunate,” LePage said in a release. “The first lady and I will be hosting Blaine House food drives, but I am encouraging local chambers to get involved and help out their local food pantries or homeless shelters.”

By including Chambers of Commerce throughout Maine, the state’s first family hopes to bring more awareness around the goodness of giving within Maine communities.

“We are a small state with big hearts,” said the governor’s wife, Ann LePage. “In our family, we have taught our children that giving is more important than receiving. Giving money is great, but giving your time is just as valuable. So we encourage Mainers to consider volunteering at a shelter, food pantry or soup kitchen. It’s a great gift to give.”

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