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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

Link to original story: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/pay-it-forward/56453781-story

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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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11-17-17

Easterns Automotive Group, with Fox 5, give Ruth’s Miracle Home a miracle of their own

Allison Seymour of Fox 5 recently shared the story of the founder of Ruth’s Miracle Group Home Foundation, Veronica Alston.

Ruth’s Miracle Group Home Foundation has been located in Lusby, Maryland since 2009. The purpose for this residence is to assist women looking for a fresh start after traumatic experiences with drugs, alcohol, incarceration, homelessness and domestic violence.

Veronica is able to understand of the women looking for help because she once was an addict herself. She has dedicated her life to helping women get out of similar hardships that she faced.

Veronica has made it possible for the women to have anger and parenting classes, weekly meetings, volunteering, chores and meditation. Women are given the opportunity to find what works for them to help them get back on the right path. The overall goal for the women in the program is to live a healthy and independent life.

When we last spoke with Veronica, she told us that her group was in need of a van to transport the women.

Fox 5 and Easterns Automotive Group were so touched by her story that they decided to gift her with a brand new van to help her foundation. She was overcome with joy!

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 generously donates to a Woodbridge family to help get service dog for their autistic son

Service dogs have been known to sooth some children with severe autism. Parents of children with autism are beginning to seek service dogs for help. Amy Hoffman and her family have been working hard to raise $13,000. This is the amount that they will need to have a service dog trained for their son, Eiji.

At just four years old, Eiji suffers from regular seizures. The Hoffmann family has joined forces with an Ohio non-profit called 4 Paws for Ability. They have raised about $6,000 thus far – which is half is what they needed.

During this time, their other son, 2-year-old Kai, has also been diagnosed with autism. As if this wasn’t enough, their townhome in Woodbridge has been broken into. Needless to say, this has been quite a difficult time for the Hoffman family.

Amy was unaware that FOX 5 wouldn’t be her only visitor on Thursday. A surprise was also on the way.

Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group had just made a deposit of $6,915 to the Hoffman’s fundraising account. This amount is the balance needed to meet their goal in order to get Eiji his service dog.

“We’ve been in this community for 26 years and we’re always looking for great ways to give back,” Bassam said. “We just want to touch the lives of the people we give to. It’s one of those things that is just a perfect fit for us.”

“I don’t know who this guy is, but I just want to hug him,” Hoffman said after greeting Bassam. “Thank you so much. I can’t say it enough.”

It will take approximately 15 months for Eiji’s dog to be trained

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 gives Our Neighbor’s Child gets a big surprise

The month of December is a busy month for all of us all with Christmas right around the corner. Kelly Lavin was shopping like the rest of us during the holiday season but doing it for a different cause.

Kelly runs a Virginia based charity called Our Neighbor’s Child. This charity helps more than 700 families during the holiday season.

Last month, Beth Parker from Fox 5 did a story on Kelly and her generous efforts.

Little did she know that she was in for a surprise. On Tuesday morning, Kelly joined Holly Morris from Fox 5 to discuss how things went with her charity. During the visit, Easterns Automotive Group decided to contribute and gift Kelly’s foundation with a truck full of toys to help the children next year. She was very emotional accepting the generous contribution from Easterns.

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

Pay It Forward: Fox 5 DC and Easterns surprise Salvation Army volunteer

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group partnered up again to give back during the holidays. The two have partnered up quite a bit during the last few years to help those in need. They created a segment called “Pay It Forward” that highlights them being generous and helping needing assistance.

In December 2016, a woman by the name of Catherine caught their attention. Catherine works year round as a volunteer for the Prince George’s County Salvation Army. She gives her undivided time and attention to those in need all while recovering from a health scare of her own. About 10 years ago, Catherine suffered a stroke that really set her back. Allison Seymore of Fox 5 was joined by Easterns Automotive Group to give Catherine a surprise.

“I didn’t know my name, I did not read and write. I didn’t know anything,” she explained.

Easterns took it a step further and donated $1,000 to the Prince George’s County Salvation Army to help out with their expenses. Catherine took the time to thank Easterns Autmotive Group and Fox 5 DC for the tremendous help during the holidays. We need more generous people like Catherine and the Salvation Army in this world!

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

Link to original story: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/pay-it-forward/1491798-story

 

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11-17-17

Easterns Automotive Group partners with ADESA at NADA Charity Auction to raise over $94,000 for Canine Companions

 

Every year the biggest and most important figures of the automotive industry come together and gather at the NADA Convention and Expo. For those unfamiliar, NADA stands for National Automobile Dealers Association. The entire convention lasts for weekend an entire weekend with different events, exhibits, and seminars happening on each day. This is the time when the car dealers are able to meet face-to-face with the top tier executives of the major auto manufactures. The NADA Convention is something that car dealers truly look forward to each and every year because it brings together car dealers from all over the country. Consider this event a giant family reunion for automotive industry.

The special aspect about the NADA Convention is that is in a different city every year. This allows everyone the opportunity to network and enjoy the same festivities in a new city. The NADA Convention for 2017 was just held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the end of January. 2017 marks a special year for NADA because they are celebrating 100 years of service to dealers. Robert Bassam (CEO) and Joel Bassam (Director of Marketing) went to represent on behalf of Easterns Automotive Group. According to them, the highlight of the convention did not really involve cars in particular, it involved giving back. Hearing this is not a surprise since charity and giving back are a huge part of the Easterns DNA. Easterns has a long-running relationship with ADESA Auto Auction. ADESA made the charitable choice to auction off vehicle for the Canine Companions for Independence nonprofit organization and the NADA Foundation. Robert Bassam placed the first winning bid of $39,000 for the Polaris UTV. After Robert won the Polaris, he decided to donate it back to ADESA to be re-auctioned. The Polaris was won again by Joe Verde, president of Joe Verde Group in San Juan Capistrano, California who placed a bid of $26,000. Mr. Verde also donated the vehicle back to be re-auctioned. The vehicle was won a third time by Joel Bassam who laced the winning bid of $28,000. The combined total of the money from the auction and the cash donations came to $94,423.

For those unfamiliar, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1975. The purpose of this organization is to provide highly trained assistance dogs to enhance the lives of people with disabilities, particularly veterans and children. Retired Army Sgt. Steve Blackman and his service dog, Gottlieb, attended the NADA convention this year to represent Canine Companions. He was able to speak on his disabilities and how having a service dog not only gives one companionship but also offers immense help and support. The NADA Foundation supports various causes such as emergency medical care as well as higher education. It’s certain to say that the money raised this year will definitely be put to good use.


(Photo Includes – Jeff Carlson, 2016 NADA Chairman; Annette Sykora, NADA Foundation chair; Joe Verde, president of Joe Verde Group; Robert Bassam and Joel Bassam from Easterns Automotive Group; Peter Welch, NADA president; and Stephanie St- Hilaire, ADESA president and CEO)

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