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Andersen Duo Lend Helping Hand To Colleague In Need

By Karen E. Butler, Communications

Cole Lee (left) and Devon Keel (right) pose with Karen Anderson. Cole and Devon help Karen out to her car at the end of her shift each day. “These guys are such a blessing to me,” she says.

An ancient Chinese proverb says, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. But, if you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone.” It seems for two Andersen employees, Cole Lee and Devon Keel, helping is a way of life and happiness is just the natural by-product.

When Karen Anderson, Accessories, began struggling to navigate her way to her car due to degenerative disc disease and neuropathy, Cole and Devon, who both work in Shipping, quietly stepped in to help and offer aid. 

“We saw that she was struggling,” shared Cole. “It really doesn’t take much for us to walk with Karen down the ramp and to her car, so naturally it made sense to help. It’s the least we can do.”

Karen has worked at Andersen since 2020. Over the past three years, her health has seen its ups and downs. Nevertheless, she presses on, ever committed to her job at Andersen.

“There was a time I would never ask for help,” she confessed. “But it’s different now. I must ask for help. These guys are such a blessing to me.”

For Cole and Devon going above and beyond for a colleague isn’t such a big deal. 

“A lot of what we do each day isn’t what we expect to do,” Devon said. “We wear lots of different hats and that’s a plus.”

Russell Foley, who oversees Shipping, is very pleased with his team.

“It makes me very proud to see my guys helping Miss Karen daily,” he beamed. “They have done it willingly and haven’t asked for recognition. I think that it speaks to the character of these young men. It’s very heartwarming. I’m thankful for my team.”

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