Michael Powell: One Client’s Compassion in Action
In the normally calm aisles of Harris Teeter, where everyday tasks often revolve around groceries and daily routines, one employee stood out recently for his extraordinary act of compassion and quick thinking. Meet Michael Powell, a familiar face at the Hanbury Road Harris Teeter in Chesapeake, whose passion for helping others extends beyond the supermarket shelves.
Michael, a seven-year veteran of The Choice Group, brings a unique blend of dedication and community spirit to both his work at Harris Teeter and his personal pursuits. When he's not bagging groceries, collecting shopping carts, or delivering groceries to customers' vehicles, you might find him engaged in a strategic card game with friends or lending a hand at the Hickory Trading Company coffee shop.
When news broke of the disappearance of 82-year-old Janice Hall, who had wandered away from a dental appointment, Michael's immediate response was to offer his assistance. Without hesitation, Michael began searching, canvassing the area, checking nearby businesses, and diligently seeking any information that could lead to Janice's whereabouts. Driven by a deep sense of responsibility and compassion, he embarked on the search independent of his responsibilities as an employee, showcasing his true spirit of community caring.
Interestingly, the incident introduced Michael to Project Lifesaver, a program aimed at tracking individuals like Janice who may have cognitive conditions. Though unfamiliar with it initially, Michael had the opportunity to witness the program's effectiveness firsthand when shown the radar tracking device by law enforcement.
The pivotal moment came when Michael spotted the ambulance across the street, signaling the safe discovery of Janice. Relief washed over him as he saw the elderly woman safely, albeit hypothermic, reunited with her family.
In reflecting on his experience, Michael shares a powerful message with the community. "Be a Good Samaritan, if you can. Try to help those in need, if you can." His words echo a simple yet profound call to action, reminding us all of the impact we can have when we extend a helping hand.
Michael concluded our interview by expressing a sense of accomplishment and a willingness to do it all over again. To him, his involvement in the search wasn't just a duty; it was a heartfelt commitment to the well-being of another human being. His actions remind us all that in a world often defined by routine, there is always room for compassion, quick thinking, and the willingness to go the extra mile for someone in need.
Three cheers to you, Michael!