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Working on Christmas Day

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Fun, fuel and feeling well come on Christmas Day thanks to those who work.

On Christmas Day, Kum & Go sales associate Bob VanSickle gave customers the gift of convenience.

"Some just take it for granted," VanSickle said. "You know, they expect you to be open and don't even think about it. For the most part, people are pretty appreciative."

After 40 years of working in the convenience store business, he said he knows the ups and downs of working on Christmas Day.

"The best part is, you know, being available in the last-minute needs that they have," VanSickle said. "The worst part is missing out on part of Christmas with the family."

Also on Christmas Day, Covenant Medical Center emergency room nurse Emily Steinbron gave the gift of care.

"As much as it is not fun to come to work on Christmas Day, you know, the patients don't want to be here, either," she said, "so if we can get them fixed and get them back home with their families, that's more rewarding for me than anything else."

Her shift started 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon and lasted until 3 a.m. Sunday. She said she might enjoy the gift of caffeine.

Giving the gift of entertainment was Crossroads Theatre concessions worker Andrea Berns.

"It gets pretty busy," she said, as families streamed in to the theater.

Her manager Chad Souder said it's busy but joyful.

"If they're coming here and I can see the joy that we're giving to people for the day, then that makes it all worthwhile," Souder said.

He said being away from family is a drawback to working on Christmas Day, but the theater is open 365 days a year, so he and his family are used to working around his schedule.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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