CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This Christmas will be tough for some Charlotte families whose loved ones were recently deported, but one area organization is trying to make things a little bit better.
For the Alfaro family, phone calls from dad are all they have.
“I feel happy because I get to hear him and talk to him,” said 8-year-old Lakshmi Alfaro.
It's been two years since she and her sisters have seen him in person.
He was living in Charlotte when he was deported two years ago.
“His license, he didn't renew it, and the police got him and they deported him to Mexico,” explains 14-year-old Litzy Alfaro.
It makes everything more difficult-- especially Christmas.
“It affected us because my mom can't find a job; she can't get us the stuff we need, and my dad in Mexico, it’s hard for him to get a job and he can't send us a lot of money.”
That's why they are grateful the Good Samaritan Center in east Charlotte gave gifts on Tuesday to area children whose parents have been deported.
“It’s hard. We miss him; we miss our dad. We used to be with my dad every Christmas and now we can't,” Litzy says.
Not surprisingly, 8-year-old Lakshmi is having the toughest time.
“What do you want for Christmas?”
“Yeah, but mostly I want my dad,” she expressed.
The presents, though, did help. We got a big smile as she left, package in hand.