07-09-20

Pay It Forward – Adopt a Graduating High School Senior

 

In the last Pay It Forward from Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC, they chose to highlight an organization that works with young students.  However, older students were impacted as well by the economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic.  High school seniors in particular who worked hard all four years were robbed of a pivotal point of their life, which is graduation.  Many students across the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area were left to celebrate online by having virtual graduations amongst their peers, family, and friends on Zoom.

There is a movement taking the internet by storm called “Adopt a Senior”.  High school graduates have been sharing their stories via Facebook by posting their academic achievements and ask for donations to kick off their upcoming college costs.  People can then “adopt” them and meet the needs of their requests.

Easterns Automotive Group has been in the business of giving back for over 30+ years since they first got into the business.  The Bassam’s believe that is extremely important to be generous and help out the community that has embraced and supported them over time.  There were 4 seniors that stood out to the Easterns and Fox 5 DC team – Mikyle Gregory, Ar’Dinay Blocker, Austin Jones, and Milcah Habteselasie.  All four of them have faced many hardships over the past few months but kept pushing and never gave up.  Allison Seymour of Good Day DC on Fox 5 invited all four of these students to join her and Joel Bassam of Easterns on Zoom call.  The students were able to discuss their success and hardships with the Fox 5 DC audience but were also gifted a surprise courtesy of Bassam.  Bassam surprised these students by letting them know that they had been adopted by Easterns and that each of them would be receiving a $500 Amazon gift card.  Times are tough right now but hopefully, these gift cards can help cover some of their small expenses like decorating their dorm rooms, etc.  Each of these high school seniors has an incredible drive and will be a tremendous success in the future.

 

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.

 

YouTube link – https://youtu.be/9r4luqgCBSQ

Link to original post – https://www.fox5dc.com/news/pay-it-forward-adopt-a-senior-program-helps-amid-pandemic


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