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Truck driver spends Christmas alone on the road

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — While many spent Christmas morning unwrapping gifts from Santa, eating delicious meals, and spending quality time with family, one truck driver spent his Christmas morning travelling 6 hours from Pennsylvania to Southport.

And he still has more than 700 miles to go before he can spend Christmas with his family.

“I’ve only been out here three years, so it’s kind of hard on the kids because they expect you to be home,” Prime Inc. truck driver Charles Kirk said. “So, this will be my third Christmas I haven’t been home but you got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Kirk has been all over the place this holiday season.

From Maine, to Massachusetts; Pennsylvania to Southport, he says life on the road, especially during this time can be rough.

“It’s lonely and quite.” Kirk said.

But he says his Christmas treat is waiting for him at his final destination nearly 700 miles and 13 hours away in Jackson, Tennessee.

“I have five kids that range from 14 to 26,” Kirk explained. “One of them lives out of state in Arizona, but the other four are waiting for me to get home Friday morning.”

And he says his fiancée is driving all the way from Florida to join in the Christmas festivities.

“We’re pretty traditional, you know, the Christmas tree, get up in the morning, Christmas dinner, that’s about it. Then we go visit family and friends.”

But as for what surprises lie underneath the tree, Kirk says that’s for him to know, and his family to find out.

“That’s my little secret,” Kirk said with a grin.

And even though he is spending Christmas alone, Kirk couldn’t help but spread a little holiday cheer.

“Merry Christmas to everybody, and remember the reason we have Christmas…our savior Jesus Christ.”

Kirk says he hopes to be home by midnight December 26.

He says he is looking forward to a traditional turkey dinner with his family.

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