08-13-19

Pay It Forward – An Unlikely Friendship

It’s been a busy summer for Easterns Automotive Group.  They’ve been hard at work filming their commercials with the Washington Redskins that will air during the 2019 NFL football season.  Behind the Scenes photos have just been added to their Facebook, in case you want to take a look.  Recently, Easterns teamed up with Fox 5 DC for the first time in weeks for a very heartfelt Pay It Forward segment.

A few years ago, a 91-year old Prince Georges County woman by the name of Ruth White developed a life-long friendship with Eric Smith.  Smith is a Verizon technician but also a former Georgetown Hoya basketball player.  Their friendship started when White called Verizon to have her cable installed.  Smith came out to install it and even gave her his cell phone number in case she had any other cable issues.  She has called him with questions and he always been there to listen and help guide her through the necessary steps.  Something that seemed small to Smith was very important to White, especially being an elderly woman.  Often times, people don’t have patience for elders but Smith was different.  He always made time for White and his kindness really stood out to her.  They exchanged birthdays and White made it a priority to send him a card every year.

 

These two have a unique bond that has no barriers.  Both White and Smith are extremely grateful for one another.  They have been working on setting up a dinner for White to meet all of Smith’s wonderful family.  Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) along with Fox 5 DC stepped in to make this happen.  Smith met Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC at the station to share the incredible journey of his friendship with White.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) surprised him with a gift card to Carrabba’s Italian Grill so that he and his family can finally have dinner with White.  Bassam also presented Smith with a gift card to Golf Galaxy since he enjoys playing golf in his spare time.  We can all learn something from the incredible friendship that these two share.  In order to have a good friend, you must be a good friend.

 

If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

 

Watch the video to see the way everything unfolded.

 

Link to original article – https://www.fox5dc.com/news/verizon-technician-and-91-year-old-bowie-woman-form-unlikely-friendship


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