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01-29-18

Pay It Forward | Seeing i2i

When it comes to Americans, there isn’t much that separates those old and young besides their age. The age gap actually allows for different conversations and various perspectives to be shared. This is exactly what Anjali Patel from Manassas, Virginia set out to teach her own kids as well as other local children. Patel created a non-profit organization by the name of Seeing i2i that pairs young students with a group of seniors to converse, engage, and eventually be friends. This is all done with the help of technology. Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up to Pay It Forward to Patel and her incredible organization.

The idea to create the non-profit stemmed from Patel’s children enjoying the time that they spent with their grandparents. She knew then that their was something special about that bond that was appreciated by both parties. Patel took it upon herself to create a website to test out on her neighborhood. The kids that participated enjoyed talking to their elders and wanted to do it more. With the help of technology, kids who currently participate are able to Skype residents at the Holiday Retirement Manassas Senior Living at the Fairmont. The seniors have adapted to using Skype and actually enjoy it. They get to engage with people of different backgrounds and talk about all aspects of life and have fun during the process. All it really takes is a few minutes to make a person’s day.

Eaterns and Fox 5 DC came together to Pay It Forward to Patel and Seeing i2i by gifting them Amazon Fire tablets so that they will be able to continue communicating with the seniors via Skype. They also donated gift cards to help plan an upcoming party that can bring the two age groups together.

Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy if being recognized, Click Here to nominate them.

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01-16-18

Pay It Forward | Suprising Price George’s County Seniors

Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC set out to start 2018 with a bang! The two Pay It Forward partners recently came together to do some good in the community. They did so by surprising a group of seniors in Prince George’s County, Maryland. These seniors dedicate their time and energy by consistently coming to waterworks Zumba class at Sport Fit in Bowie, Maryland. It’s great to see that they are staying active and encouraged, despite their age. Clearly, the exercise along with having so much fun is what is keeping them young. The class is taught twice a week by Jewell Webb. She makes a conscience effort to keep the group motivated and encourages everyone to be positive. Webb has a unique prospective because she knows what is going on in all of her student’s lives. She sees various students going through the obstacles and challenges of life but still finding the time to give back and help others. Webb said that even she is inspired by her student’s selfless commitment to the community and their families.

Mouths dropped when Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC walked in to the waterworks Zumba class with camera crews present alongside Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing for Easterns Automotive Group. The two teamed up to pay the January fees for all of the members so that they continue to stay motivated and strive to reach for their 2018 health and fitness goals. Everyone was thrilled and very appreciative of the generous deed.

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.

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12-29-17

Pay It Forward | Surprising a Virginia family in need

The holidays are a time of giving and helping those in need. Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC felt compelled to do just that with this family featured in this edition of Pay It Forward. The team got wind of Olivia Parkman, a Virginia mother of four, regarding a car accident that the family was involved in last year. The accident occurred on June 11th, 2016 in Alabama and resulted in the Parkmans losing their daughter in the crash. It has been over a year since her death, but of course the family is still struggling to heal. To make matters worse, the family has not had a car due to their previous vehicle being totaled in the crash. The money that they received from the insurance company was not nearly enough to get another car.

As a mother, Olivia is doing the best she can to stay strong for her 3 remaining children and provide the best possible life she can for them. Her sons have been receiving grief counseling through Capital Caring in Northern Virginia. Olivia would love to attend counseling as well but does not have the proper transportation to get there. The good folks at Capital Caring reached out to folks in the community to share her story and see if there was any way that people could help. Easterns Automotive Group received word about the Parkmans through Extreme Custom Collisions in Woodbridge, Virginia. Once they heard the story, they decided that they were going to do something special to make Christmas special for the Parkmans and help end their year on a great note. They donated a Honda Accord to the family to get back on their feet and provide the transportation that they need as a family.

When watching the video, you will see raw emotions because no one had any idea what was happening until it happened. Even Fox 5 DC’s Allison Seymour was both emotional and in shock because this was just truly a touching story. However, the surprise didn’t end there. Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group also presented the boys with an official Washington Redskins football. The ball contained the signatures of Kirk Cousins, Josh Norman, and Ryan Kerrigan. He also gave them a basketball signed by the Washington Wizards own Bradley Beal. To top it all off, Joel gifted the entire family with tickets to both a Washington Redskins and a Washington Wizards game.

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.

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12-29-17

Pay It Forward | Jamahri Sydnor (Memorial Fund)

Eastern Motors and Fox 5 DC recently came together for a very special edition of Pay it Forward. The purpose of this paying it forward to this specific cause was to celebrate a young woman’s personal achievements and contributions to the community as her mother fights to keep her legacy alive. Jamahri Syndor was a very bright student that was preparing for college. She was loved not only by friends and family but also local members of the community. Many would agree with saying that Syndor was truly a special girl. She had just graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School where she was a cheer caption and member of the choir. As of that wasn’t enough, Syndor also found the time to have part-time job, volunteer with kids, and dance in a troupe.

August 10th, 2017 was the day that changed everything. This was the day that Syndor was shot by a stray bullet while driving through northeast D.C. This happened just days before she was scheduled to leave to attend college at Florida A&M University. Syndor passed away two days later and is survived by her mother, Queen Wallace, whom is a veteran police sergeant in the district. This has been quite devastation to the family but they are looking for a memorable way to “Pay It Forward” through the form of a foundation, scholarship, or dance program.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group received word about what happened to Sydnor and the legacy that she wanted to leave behind so they made a very special donation in her honor. The owner of artist of AA and Beek, Victor Barranco, created a very special memorial to honor Sydnor’s work with the children at Chevy Chase Community Center in northeast D.C. Francesca Scott, who is a program coordinator at the Chevy Chase Community Center accepted the art piece. Scott was able to speak candidly and provide insight as to just how much work Syndor and her sister did the kids. The two had planned and hosted the Valentine’s Day tea party every year for the kids. This story touched the Pay it Forward team so Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group donated a total of $1,500 to the Chevy Chase Community Center to help out with the tea party and other holiday activities. Easterns also donated another $1,500 to the mother of Sydnor to officially kick-start the Jamahri Sydnor Memorial Fund. The overall goal of the fund will be to create a scholarship in Sydnor’s name to help heading to college in the D.C. metro area.

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

 

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12-07-17

Pay It Forward | So What Else

It’s about that time again for another Pay It Forward segment brought to you by Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC. This segment highlights a very special nonprofit organization in the DC area. So What Else was created by Bob Schless and Dave Silbert. The two had a goal in mind and that was to provide after school and summer programs for underprivileged children. Together, they turned their dream into a reality and to date So What Else provides more than 40 hours of after school programs across the DMV area. It takes 1,000 volunteers to provide help for the 60 projects under the So What Else umbrella. Silbert and Schless are firm believers that it is very important to instill the important of giving back into the children at a young age so they will be inspired to pay it forward and help others.
One of the remarkable aspects of So What Helps is that they take a very different approach in terms of programming. The kids are involved in various different projects involving technology and innovation as well as providing a holistic approach. Some of the most recent projects included children building a park bench out of recyclables, collecting trash at a park, and creating art for sick children in the hospital.

The programs offered by So What Else are completely free for the children that attend. This is one of the reasons why Schless and Silbert want to make sure that the most deserving children are able to participate. Easterns and Fox 5 DC heard their story and the powerful things that they are doing in the community. The two Pay It Forward partners decided to present So What Else with a check for $1,500, yoga mats, snacks, and $200 extra dollars for a Christmas pizza party. The money from the check will help up to five children attend their camp. We must commend So What Else for the amazing work they are doing in the community.

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12-06-17

6 Seconds with Josh Norman

Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins recently came to the Eastern Motors headquarters in Sterling, Virginia to film a series of commercial spots. He really believes in the Easterns brand and is very excited to have another family that extends beyond the Redskins organization. Of course, Norman didn’t come alone. He came with two of his teammates, Ryan Kerrigan and Kirk Cousins. The three of them collectively make up what is known as the Easterns All Star Team. Whenever Easterns can manage to get these guys together off the field, you can be sure there will be nothing but laughter and good times. They each shot their own individual commercials that will be posted in the next few weeks but we first wanted to share Norman’s 6 Seconds. This is just a brief introduction and a small preview of many come. Stay tuned for more!

Please visit www.easterns.com to find out why Easterns is the #1 car dealership choice for residents in the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia).

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12-05-17

Eastern Motors Commercial w/ Ray Lewis (Rips Tire Off A Vehicle)

It’s time for another Throwback Thursday Clip of the Week. In this week’s commercial, we have Baltimore’s very own Ray Lewis aka Inspector 52. Lewis played for the Baltimore Ravens as a linebacker for 17 years. He wasn’t born in Baltimore but the city still claims him as their own since he has done so much for football as well as the community. Easterns also has strong ties in Baltimore having a location in Rosedale, Maryland which is just outside of the city. It only made sense to bring Lewis on board and show the people of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community that two strong forces can come together and create magic. Lewis starred in a series of commercials including this one being referred to as “Inspector 52”. The reason for this is because in each clip he is inspecting a certain part of a vehicle to show the vigorous inspection that vehicles from Easterns go through before they even make it to the lot.

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11-29-17

Richard gives Ryan Kerrigan a tour of his green machine

It’s been a little while since our last Redskins Rides blog post. We hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with your family, friends, and loved ones. We couldn’t leave you guys hanging for long! Easterns Automotive Group has teamed up with the Washington Redskins once again for another edition of Redskins Rides. Ryan Kerrigan met with Richard at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia to get an up-close and personal look at his unique whip. Richard is the proud owner of a lime green 1936 Chevy Coach. This coach is different from a sedan in that it is a two-door and that it is much more compact in size. Richard purchased this beauty about five months ago in Nashville, Tennessee. The unusual color caught his attention and ultimately led him to make the purchase. It has a brand new 350 fuel injection under the hood as well as a pristine cream interior. It’s clear that he has a great eye for cars because this was definitely an awesome classic car purchase. We want to thank Richard for taking the time to show off his custom Redskins Rides. Stay tuned for more Redskins Rides in DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. Easterns and the Washington Redskins got you covered!

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11-28-17

Pay It Forward – Thanksgiving Surprise

We have to start out by saying we hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Easterns and Fox 5 DC decided to partner up specifically for the holidays and do something special on the day before Thanksgiving. This is the time when most people are in the stores picking up last minute items and the essential ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner. Holly Morris and Wisdom Martin of Fox 5 DC, traveled to various local shopping centers to surprise a few customers with $200 American Express gift cards provided by Easterns Automotive Group. The two really thought it was imperative to give back directly to the community but in a way that was truly a surprise. Morris and Martin selected one random person from each grocery store that they went to which was four people in total. It was so great capturing the genuine reactions of the winners that were selected. They were all shocked, thrilled, and full of joy that someone thought to do something so nice for them around the holidays. The winners range in race, sex, and age because it was important to reach everyone. The goal was just to make Thanksgiving a little more special.

The holiday season is even more magical when you give back and help put a smile on the faces of others. Please do your part to help anyone that you see in need. Helping does not just mean just giving monetarily but it can also be just providing someone with conversation or a few minutes of your time. Some people just need a small boost to motivate them and give them the strength they need to get back on their feet and conquer their goals. Do your part; you too can Pay It Forward!

This was a random act of kindness. However, Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

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11-27-17

Pay It Forward: Chess Girls D.C.

The holidays are near! Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC decided to come together to Pay It Forward once more before Thanksgiving. The act of giving back is imperative but it is even more important during the holidays. We want to encourage everyone out there to help someone in need, however they can. For this Pay It Forward segment, Eastern Motors and Fox 5 DC selected to help a non-profit organization by the name of Chess Girls D.C. Robin Ramson created this organization so that young girls would have the opportunity to learn how to play chess in Washington D.C. She was inspired by her very own daughter who grew up loving the game of chess. Although many think that chess is just a game, there are many skills learned by playing the game. According to Ramson, many of the young girls are better are critical thinking and being aware of their choices. It’s clear that this group of girls will be very forward thinkers by learning these cognitive skills at such a young age.

Easterns Automotive Group teamed up with the help of Fox 5 DC decided to Pay It Forward to this amazing group. Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing at Easterns and Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC presented Ramson with a bulk amount of supplies for the young girls from their wish list. They also presented Chess Girls D.C. with a check so they can continue meeting as a group at Emery Recreation Center.

Being that Chess Girls D.C. is a non-profit organization, Ramson relies on grants and donations to keep the program running because it is free for girls to join. If you would like to donate, please click here. Every little bit helps! Also, click here to nominate anyone that you feel is worthy of being recognized for their work in the community.

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11-17-17

Pay It Forward: Project Giveback to feed 500 families for Thanksgiving

The holidays are a time of celebrating and gathering with family and friends for a good times and of course good food. However, not everyone is able to have the same holiday experience because it really depends on a person’s financial situation even to make even the basic things happen. Easterns and Fox 5 DC are always looking for ways to “Pay It Forward” in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. They got wind of what a woman by the name of Kia Davis was doing and just had to help out such an amazing cause. Davis is at the forefront of an amazing nonprofit organization in Virginia called Project Giveback. Project Giveback is actively working to raise awareness and funds to provide Thanksgiving food boxes to less fortunate and low-income families. The goal for this year has been set and that is to feed 500 families.

Project Giveback works with local schools, churches, and he Fairfax County Department of family services to help those in need. Donations are always welcome as well that is only half the battle. We understand that not everyone is able to give in a monetary way but time itself is also welcome. Volunteers are always needed to help put the food boxes together and to deliver them to the families in need. If there is anyone that would like to donate or find ways to volunteer and be a part of this awesome giveback movement, please click here.

Easterns and Fox 5 DC teamed up to provide a $3,750 check to Davis and Project Giveback to purchase food to feed the families in need. The goal is to ensure that everyone has a happy, healthy, and amazing Thanksgiving.

Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy if being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

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11-17-17

Pay It Forward: Easterns and Fox 5 DC team up to help The Two Percent Project

Pay It Forward is a segment that Easterns and Fox 5 DC came up with as a platform to give back and help those in need located in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. For this edition of Pay It Forward, the two selected a nonprofit organization by the name of The Two Percent Project. This organization provides resources, counseling, and education to both teens and young adults facing crisis pregnancies. The founder, Autumn Williams, is a firm believer in empowering young mothers and fathers to have hope, faith, and still prosper in life despite the choices they have made or obstacles that may come their way. Williams feels so passionately about this cause because she too had children at a young age but that did not stop her from going to college and following her dreams. "When you have a purpose it definitely makes a difference in your overall life and I definitely wanted to show my kids that your mistakes don't define you, how you handle them does," Williams said.

The Two Percent Project is made up of volunteers that help Williams keep the nonprofit up and running. However, the expenses of running a nonprofit can be very overwhelming especially because Autumn is the one footing the bill for everything herself on top of having to provide for herself and her family. The Two Percent Project is currently accepting donations such as diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, strollers, and car seats. The organization will be holding a consignment sale on October 21st (10am-2pm) at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Virginia.

The Director of Marketing at Easterns Automotive Group, Joel Bassam, donated are large supply of baby products on behalf of Easterns as well as a check to over The Two Percent Project’s rent for the next three months. This will be able to help Williams have more money to plan field trips, workshops, and parties for the young teens in the organization. If you are unable to attend to consignment sale, please click here to help and donate any way that you possibly can. A little goes a long way!

Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy if being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

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11-17-17

Pay It Forward: Easterns and Fox 5 lend a helping hand to For the Love of Others

Pay It Forward is a segment that Easterns and Fox 5 DC came up with as a platform to give back and help those in need in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. For this edition of Pay It Froward, the two selected Lauren Puryear who runs her very own nonprofit organization called For the Love of Others. She has a huge heart and has made it a priority of hers to give back and always do what can for those in need. Her reasoning for starting the nonprofit was due to the large amount of homeless people in Virginia that needed meals.

Puryear is not just your average 29 year old. She set out with a goal to serve 30,000 meals to the homeless by her 30th birthday party. Some might think this is farfetched but Puryear had a plan. She put her extreme couponing skills to the test to cut costs in the grocery store. It paid off because with just $2,000 she was able to feed double the amount of people that she had anticipated. Puryear’s birthday is only a few weeks away and she has already fed over 60,000 mouths in the DMV community.

When this story got to Easterns and Fox 5 DC, they thought it would only be right to honor Puryear for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts and provide her with a platform to share her story. Joel Bassam, the Director of Marketing for Easterns Automotive group, donated nonperishable groceries as well as a check to purchase more groceries on behalf of Easterns. This will be able to help Puryear feed plenty more of the homeless individuals in our community. If you would like to find out more about Puryear and her organization to see how you can help – please visit http://fortheloveofothers.net/

Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy if being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

 

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11-17-17

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have teamed up once again to ‘Pay It Forward’

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have teamed up once again to ‘Pay It Forward’ and give back to people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. The organization that they teamed up with this time was Cup of Joe.

 

“Cup of Joe” is a program started by Catholic Charities’ that helps provided food to those who are homeless in D.C. Catholic Charities has eight homeless shelters throughout D.C. that do not receive any breakfast in the morning for those staying there. “Cup of Joe” is run by volunteers that come together to help pack breakfast bags to the homeless. Catholic Charities provides all the food and snacks needed to pack the bags. The trouble comes in because they’re usually aren’t enough volunteers to make the proper number of bags.

 

When groups come together, they can make up to 400 bags just in one session. The more, the merrier! In particular, the Monumental Sports Foundation decided to volunteer as a team and they made a large amount of bags. Monumental Sports and Entertainment owns and operates the Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, and the Washington Wizards. However, anyone can volunteer and help any way that they can.

 

Lydia Pearl Monroe, the Program manager of “Cup of Joe”, met with the Fox 5 team to tell them how the program works and also to show them what exactly goes into each bag. Easterns Automotive Group donated $1,000 to “Cup of Joe” to help cover materials and supplies. Easterns has always been very big on giving back to the community any way possible. “Cup of Joe” is always accepting volunteers and donations. Find out how you can help: https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/CupofJoe/

 

Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know any person or group worthy if being recognized, Click here to nominate them -  http://www.fox5dc.com/pay-it-forward

 

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11-17-17

Virginia man opens his home to Boko Haram’s victims and gets help from Easterns Automotive Group

ISIS has been seen frequently in the news, but there is a new terror group on the rise called Boko Haram. This is the group responsible for kidnapping a large number of students in Nigeria.

The images of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram last April are hard to erase from our minds. The girls were violently kidnapped while sleeping at their boarding school in the middle of the night. One potential reason behind this kidnapping could be the fact that the Boko Haram group is against Western education.

Many of you may remember the global hashtag #BringBackOurGirls that trended worldwide on social media. The popularity of the story and hashtag grew so large that it reached the White House. Time has quickly went by as it has been a year and a half since the tragic incident occurred. To date, 219 girls from a town in Nigeria called Chibok still remain captive. However, 57 girls have managed to escape.

Emmanuel Ogebe, a Human rights lawyer of Northern Virginia has helped bring over a dozen girls here to the United States. The most recent girl just arrived here last month.

“Being here reduces the trauma of living in the shadows of the terrorists and the terror threat,” said Ogebe.

Ogebe found himself easy to relate to the girls because he was also a political prisoner in Nigeria. He originally came to the U.S. are a two month period of being tortured and interrogated.

“We are talking about just abduction off of the street – taken away – no one knows where you are,” he said.

Now, Ogebe has made the choice to dedicate his life to helping other victims of similar traumatic experiences, like Saalome, who spoke to us about the night she was taken.

“They said that we should say our last prayer. That they’re going to kill all of us,” she said.

Easterns Automotive Group partnered with Fox 5 to help Ogebe out with such a great cause. Easterns donated twelve complete sets of luggage for each of the girls that were rescued by Ogebe. The girls had their belongings still in bags from their trip from Nigeria. It is great to know that the generous folks from Easterns were able to help out and bring a smile to these young girls faces.

Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy if being recognized, Click here to nominate them - http://www.fox5dc.com/pay-it-forward

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11-17-17

Easterns Automotive Group helps Boy Scout troop in Virginia after gear, trailer stolen

A Manassas Boy Scout troop had their trailer full of camping gear stolen. However, things quickly changed into a positive direction when a local business owner made the choice to help in and help.

Boy Scout Troop #43 used the Grace Church parking lot to store the trailer including over $10,000 of camping gear. The theft occurred during the night that they were planning to travel to West Virginia for an overnight camping trip.

“I told them, ‘Hey guys, sometimes bad things happen. It’s a matter of what we do now with that defines our character,” Troop leader Roger Henderson told the boys.

A surprise would soon be on it’s way. Robert Bassam, CEO of Easterns Automotive Group, saw the report and felt tremendously bad that someone could steal from children. He took it upon himself to get involved as he normally does, especially in the community. Bassam has always been generous so it is no surprise he would be this way in this scenario also. On behalf of Easterns Automotive Group, Bassam gifted Troop 43 a brand new trailer as well as $2500 in gift cards to help get new equipment.

"I'm not often speechless – but this is crazy," Henderson said.

"When we saw your story, we knew we had to get involved," Bassam told Henderson the Troop. He even offered to give more if needed.

Easterns Automotive Group has partnered with FOX 5 DC to help honor people in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community who go above and beyond the call. If you know someone worthy if being recognized, Click here to nominate them - http://www.fox5dc.com/pay-it-forward

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