AUGUSTA, Maine – Mainers interested in taking a tour of the Blaine House you will have a chance on Saturday. The First Family is hosting the third annual Blaine House Food Drive two more times during the month of October. Tours will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. Mainers will have an opportunity to bring a food donation, receive a tour of the Blaine House led by Governor Paul R. LePage and enjoy light refreshments.
This year, LePage also has issued a Food Drive Challenge to Maine Chambers of Commerce. In a letter issued to Maine 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,” said Governor LePage. “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.”
The Governor and First Lady request each chamber submit an itemized list of products donated, as well as contact information for the organization receiving the donation. Donations are to be collected and donated for the challenge through Oct. 31. Participating chambers will be entered into a raffle to host a “Business After Hours” event at the Blaine House with the Governor and First Lady and senior officials in the LePage Administration.
By including Chambers of Commerce throughout Maine, the First Family hopes to bring more awareness around the goodness of giving within Maine communities.
“We are a small state with big hearts,” said First Lady 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.”