Pay It Forward – Virtual Hugs for Heroes (Supporting the staff at Children?s National Hospital)


The toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the economy is one for the books. Small businesses not only continue to be impacted but so does the healthcare system. Hospitals nationwide are facing a plethora of issues as elective services are canceled. This results in a lack of finances that affects the ability to provide a safe environment for both treatment and testing for coronavirus.

For weeks now, Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC have been doing their part to help everyone they can that has been affected by this virus. They got word that Children?s National Hospital in Washington D.C. was in need of help, so they decided to step in and try to ease some of their stress. Allison Seymour was able to chat with Emily Dorosz, Clinical Program Coordinator for the Emergency Medicine and Medicine Center at Children?s via video call to discuss some of their current challenges. Dorosz informed Seymour that they are having trouble securing PPE needed for nurses and doctors due to their decrease in revenue. There is a nationwide shortage of PPE as it is so not having the necessary funds can truly prevent one from having access.

Joel Bassam of Easterns joined the video call with Seymour and Dorosz to deliver a very special message. He announced that he would be donating $2,500 to Children?s National Hospital on behalf of Easterns as part of their Pay It Forward ? Virtual Hugs for Heroes segment. People in the healthcare field already to so much to keep our lives safe that they should not have to worry about a lack of safety equipment. Please visit to get informed about their incredible care or to find ways that you too can help.


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