Matinicus lobsterman Noah Ames gives from the heart on Christmas Eve
THOMASTON — Being one of those shoppers who had to rush around because of all the “shipping delays” from presents I ordered — well, that’s another story I guess, but suffice it to say I think the 27th of December will be a big Christmas day around here — to unexpectedly encounter the spirit of Christmas touches the soul.
Noah Ames and his family did just that Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 24. Ames had parked his truck in front of Midcoast Marine Supply on New County Road in Thomaston. The small sign at the edge of the road said it all: “Free lobsters today for families truly in need.”
“It’s about teaching my sons the spirit of Christmas,” said Ames. “It’s important to learn how to give back.”
Ames works the lobster boat No Worries on Matinicus Isle. He said he had given away 50 to 60 lobsters by Christmas Eve. Ames was generous. One woman asked for one lobster for herself and walked away with two.
Three gentlemen asked for one each and walked away with two to three each.
“How many lobsters do you need?” asked Ames.
“That’s up to you,” the men answered, with big smiles. God bless you, they said, and Merry Christmas.
Ames said it was his first year giving away lobsters and from the smile on his face, I think he felt pretty good about it. We asked him what qualified one to get a lobster.
“You just stop by and ask,” said Ames. “Everybody knows somebody who’s having a hard time, or they just want some lobsters.”
Once his crate was empty, there was nothing left to do but pack up and go home knowing you’ve done something great on Christmas Eve.
I think his sons will grow up to be just like their dad. They’re getting a good start from him.