AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage said Mainers were true to their tradition of helping those in need by donating hundreds of pounds of non-perishable goods during the Blaine House food drive.

In his weekly radio address, LePage says the hundreds of donors included a group of Girl Scouts from Washington County. The governor says it was a privilege for his family to help those who’ve fallen on tough times.

LePage says his thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving holiday period are also with families to the south whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

In the Democratic response, House Majority Leader Seth Berry of Bowdoinham says the governor’s food drive is something to be proud of.

But Berry says lawmakers must work together to deliver lower health care costs, stronger schools and policies that create jobs.