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WORCESTER — More than 50,000 pounds of food were donated in the Worcester County sheriff’s eighth annual food drive, and those items along with Thanksgiving turkeys will be distributed by Friendly House of Worcester to more than 2,000 local families in need.

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis, Worcester Sharks Director of Community Relations and Business Development Michael Myers and Friendly House Executive Director Gordon Hargrove announced the amount of donated goods.

“It’s always a pleasure to partner with the Worcester Sharks, WPI fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and the Friendly House in the sheriff’s annual food drive. With the holiday season upon us, it is extremely important to do all we can to help those who may be less fortunate,” the sheriff said.