The winter months are definitely upon us here in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. We have experienced bitter cold temperatures accompanied by freezing rain and snow just within the last couple of weeks. Many people have the luxury of traveling to work in a warm car only to arrive to a home filled with heat, blankets, and warm clothes to be comfortable. However, everyone is not always this fortunate. Often times, we forget about those that have no home and are forced to endure such cold temperatures and precipitation. A man by the name of Rich Garon is helping those who are homeless in his Woodbridge, Virginia community by helping them stay warm during the winter. He takes his own funds and provides propane tanks for the homeless so they can have heat to survive. Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC decided to step up to the plate and Pay It Forward as soon as they heard about the selfless service that he is doing in the community.
Garon and members of his community church established their homeless ministry seven years ago. They took notice of the amount of homeless people in their community especially during the winter months. Throughout the journey, they have been touched by many homeless people who shared their story. Garon became so touched that he was inspired to write a book called, “Lee Fitts”. The book sales allow him to generate funds that he donates to the Bill Mehr Drop-in Center in Woodbridge. His partnership with the Bill The center’s mission is to provide “chronically homeless” a place where they can receive medical assistance, employment referrals, and basic physical needs. It’s a great environment to help homeless people put the pieces together and get their life back on track. The only issue is that this incredible organization is in need of some funding to continue their work. Joel Bassam and Easterns Automotive Group donated $2,000 to help their amazing cause. Please click here to learn more about the Bill Mehr Drop-in Center and find ways that you too can help out.
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