(NEWS CENTER) -- Clam diggers may have dirty hands, but they have very big hearts. That's why the Maine Clammers Association is raising money and buying presents for families that might not be able to enjoy Christmas.
The MCA's Santa Fund is in its second full year, and the clammers say it's giving them a chance to do a lot of good for needy families. The fund began as a way to help some clammer families that are in financial trouble. But they've expanded it to include other fishing families along the coast.
Walter Coffin of the MCA says they asked a number of clammers and lobstermen if they needed help, but most responded by telling bout neighbors who need help.
Coffin says they found children in Washington County who had never received a Christmas gift in their lives -and even two families living in homes with dirt floors. He says the fund has allowed them to buy gifts for the kids, gift certificates for families to buy food, and even wood or heating oil for some homes. Melissa Melvin, whose husband is a clammer, says she works in a school, and sees kids who can't play at recess because they don't have boots. "Its something you can't help but feel good about it," says Coffin.
The Maine Clammers Association is still raising money hand collecting donations of toys and other things for the fund. If you can help, you can find information on their website, or you can write to:
MCA Santa Fund
P.O. Box 26
Freeport, ME 04032