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Helping Hands: Blessings in a Backpack

At Easterns Automotive Group, we believe in making a positive impact on the communities we serve. One initiative that has captured our hearts is Blessings in a Backpack, a mission dedicated to ensuring no student in Fairfax County goes hungry over the weekends.

Every week, a group of dedicated volunteers assembles at Mount Vernon Community School to pack small bags filled with essential food items. These bags serve as a lifeline for students facing food insecurity, providing them with nutritional support during the weekends.

Rebecca King, a teacher at Mount Vernon Community School, has witnessed the impact firsthand. She shared, “I have got to see the joy on students’ faces when on Fridays they get a little bit something extra to take home on the weekends for nutritional support that they need.”

Blessings in a Backpack started with a modest goal of supporting 40 children but has now expanded to over a hundred students. This year, they took a step further by including fresh fruit in the snack bags.

Easterns Automotive Group, through our Helping Hands initiative, was thrilled to surprise Blessings in a Backpack with support to continue their incredible work benefiting children in the community. Joel Bassam expressed, “It is great to see the kids on Friday look and see what is in their bag, and it brings a lot of joy to the students when they see you are providing a lot of support for them and their families.”

We are proud to stand alongside Blessings in a Backpack, reinforcing our commitment to making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.