Enwin workers who were in Toronto for a week helping restore power to thousands after an ice storm have returned home.

Seven men missed Christmas due to the commitment.

Jake Teschke kept his father's presents wrapped and under the tree until his dad came home Monday. His dad, Doug, was gone for six days.

"It's always great to see your dad open the presents you got for him," Jake Teskee said. "That feeling, ever since i was a little kid, has never gone away."

Doug Teschke declined to be interviewed. He said he didn't want recognition for his efforts.

His colleagues spoke on his behalf, saying the experience wasn't just about business.

"I would do it again," Adrian Viselli said. "A lot of people were out of power."

He especially remembers the elderly.

"How much they would hug us," Viselli said. "I had a girl with multiple sclerosis cry on my shoulder. I'll take that to my grave."

Viselli said his children told him to go.

"It was the first time in 26 years I've been away," he said. "My family was really understanding."

For Rod Skill, the decision to go was an easy one.

"We have lights down here. They didn't," he said. "It was an easy decision for me."

Despite missing dad, Jake Teschke said he's proud of his dad, Doug.

"I wouldn't have changed it. Not at all," he said. "My dad is a veteran when it comes to the line work and I'm really really glad he was able to go."