SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- As thousands of families in Western Oregon relax with family and friends, there are still people who work to make sure Christmas Day is a success.
Police officers, firefighters, hotel staff, grocery store workers, gas attendants, pilots, air traffic controllers, and waiters all have to work December 25. Some people, like Brian Hartwig, actually chose to work the holiday. Hartwig is a driver for GrubHub and said he likes to deliver food on the holidays.
"You know there are people who just don't have the opportunity to get out," Hartwig said.
People who work Christmas Day still spread Christmas cheer despite working an eight hour day. Raymond Hurley is a manager at an IHOP in Springfield and said he likes being able to serve people their holiday breakfast.
"It's a great thing. It's great to bring joy to other people, especially bringing people joy with food," Hurley said. "It's one thing that I love to do. It's always a good feeling to make someone else smile."
Others work because they know that their services are needed no matter what day of the year. Eddy Cabrera is a dispatcher for Ray's Towing and he likes working Christmas and helping those who need a lift.
"They feel a sense of relief that they were able to reach someone on a day like a Christmas day and that they're going to get their problems solved," Cabrera said.