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CINCINNATI -- For some workers, Thanksgiving dinner with the family will have to wait.

Their work must go on, meaning many truckers will be on the clock and behind the wheel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

WCPO reporter Natasha Williams spoke with some truck drivers at a Butler County rest stop as they're getting ready to work Thursday. Even though they'd like to be at home, they said social media and smartphones have made it easier to work on Thanksgiving.

Facebook, Facetime and smartphone capabilities enable some communication when the truckers are away from their family on a holiday.

Trucker Lonnie Guest has driven trucks for four years, and said he misses being home with his wife of 40 years and kids, who now have families of their own. He was a machinist for 30 years, but lost his job to the tumbling economy.

"I miss what I used to do when I was a jack of trades," Guest said. "I ain't got much time to do it anymore."

The 64-year-old driver will stay in Butler County Wednesday night, then head on to Tipp City to drop off his load, then he's off to Indiana from there. During his travels, his family will be at their home in Alabama.

For trucker Lakwinder Khosa, he hasn't been to his Delhi home because of being on the go for work. He said his job is becoming a long-haul.

"Fuel cost is going up, insurance is going up, too much traffic and too many accidents," he said of driving a truck for a living.

Khose is set to be in Canada Thursday, then on a flight to India to see his brother and cousins.

Both truckers know that their work on the road is how they make ends meet, but the holidays are still tough, but it lets them remember the little things more often.

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