Unsung heroes work to make our Thanksgiving easier

Rachel Stamey helps a customer on Thanksgiving / Ryan Naquin

While many of us use the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with family and friends, there are still the unlucky ones who make sure we can get the things we need.

"People are apologetic to some degree," said Dunkin Donuts General Manager Rick Marsh. "But they want their coffee. It's that double-edged sword." He opened the coffee shop in Myrtle Beach at 5 a.m. Thanksgiving.

"We had a lot of people out here at 5 this morning," he said. "In fact, we had an order for about ten gallons of coffee so they were trying to get prepared."

Marsh has sacrificed his Thanksgiving mornings and afternoons for the past five years working at his store . E ven though working on a holiday isn't his first choice, serving customers on Thanksgiving doesn't bother him at all, he said.

"I enjoy it because a lot of our regulars come in, and they are on a time crunch to either go to work themselves or get everything ready for their families and friends."

There's plenty like Marsh who see Thanksgiving as just another Thursday when it comes to work.

T hey don't call them convenience stores for no reason. Rachel Stamey greeted every customer at the C and C Handi Mart in Conway with a "Happy Thanksgiving."

"I don't mind working today . N ow , I do mind that I had to get up at two in the morning," she said.

Customers constantly fill the store for gas and the other items some can't live without. "I've mostly been selling cigarettes."

Most of her customers are apologetic but also appreciative, she said.

"People usually say I'm sorry you're here, but thanks for working today."

Like Marsh, Stamey is thankful she's even able to sacrifice the morning and afternoon of her holiday.

"I'm glad to have a job," she said.

"What else would I be doing," said Marsh. "Well, I could be playing golf , I guess."