As the holiday season approaches, the importance of giving back and helping others is so very important. Although it’s important to give back year round, people sometimes need that extra boost during the colder months to overcome any obstacles that they are facing. Pay It Forward partners Easterns and Fox 5 DC have come together once again to help someone who is doing generous and amazing deeds in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. For this edition of Pay It Forward, the two selected hair stylist, Laura Faehner Reed. Reed provides free haircuts to the homeless of Montgomery County, Maryland.
Reed has been busy helping out in her very own community for quite some time. The original reason that she started providing free haircuts was to boost the confidence of the homeless and provide a stepping stone to help them get on their feet. “Some of them have job interviews and some of them already have jobs and just can’t afford haircuts.” Reed told Fox 5. It’s very important to let these people know that they haven’t been forgotten. Many people that are homeless don’t want to be there they are but have no choice at the moment. Some people have just simply made bad decisions but want to turn their life around, be happy, and prosper on to bigger and better things. Reed has a tremendous impact on those that she does help. The level of compassion she shows is remarkable because she knows that being homeless could happen to herself or anyone.
When Reed is not volunteering her time and talent, she is hard at work at 4&Co Salon in Rockville, Maryland and Ricks Chop Shop in Mount Airy, Maryland. She asks her clients for small donations as well as products to help her provide the free haircuts and shaves. Easterns and Fox 5 DC were blown away by her selflessness and her amazing generosity to the community. The two teamed up to help Pay It Forward by providing Reed with a bulk supply of non-perishable foods, $500 in gift cards for supplies, a towel steamer, as well as a gift certificate for personal spa day. It will be great for Reed to treat herself since she is always treating others. Click here to follow Reed on social media to keep up with her amazing efforts. Click here to donate to her Go Fund Me page as she’s currently collecting money to purchase winter clothes for the homeless.
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.
The winter months are always an exciting time for car enthusiasts. Any and everybody that loves cars know that this is car show season. This is the time when consumers are able to see the current, upcoming, and concept vehicles of just about every manufacture. It all begins in early January of every year at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. They choose to start in Detroit because it is so imperative to the automotive industry. This is where majority of the world’s top automotive executives reside so it’s only right for everyone to get together to share their big announcements with the world. At NAIAS, everything is announced from changes to current vehicles, new body styles, technology, and new models. This gives consumers something to look forward to since the car show travels to multiple major cities in the United States. Consumers are able to see everything first hand when they attend the auto show. That’s just what we wanted to do!
The Washington Auto Show came to town during the last week of January. It was only right that we (Easterns Automotive Group) went to see everything and learn more. When we got there, we were surprised to see the crowd there on a weekday. This event truly brings out everyone from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Our first stop was the 2018 Toyota Camry which offers a complete redesign from the current 2017 body style. With Toyota being the best-selling car in America, they had no choice but to really hit it out of the park with one. Some notable changes for 2018 are the redesigned body, new sleek interior, 2 new engine options (depending on the model), updated safety features, and of course updated interior technology.
The luxury floor was next on our list so it’s only right that we share some of our favorites. Almost immediately the 2018 Lincoln Navigator caught our attention. It literally looks like something out of a movie. One long side door is offered for each side to out both front seat and back seat passengers. The doors go up like a Lamborghini which is pretty impressive for an SUV. The back trunk area is a basically an on the go closet area which is super convenient for those constantly on the road.
Mercedes-Benz has an awesome coupe line-up for 2018. At first glance, the GLC, GLA, and GLE look very similar but they each have their own role. It’s really great to see Mercedes giving their customers variety to choose which one fits them the best. It really depends on what the particular person is looking for. The price range of this line up starts in the mid-40’s.
Our next stop was of course the exotic floor. On this particular floor they had everything from Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Aston-Martin just to name a few. The quality of these cars is just on a different level. This is definitely the floor where most people send the most time day dreaming about their personal favorite ride. A personal favorite of mine was the Rolls-Royce Wraith. It has such a bold design and while it is luxurious, it offers a sense of grit. The Wraith is also owned by favorite notable celebrities such as Odell Beckham, Khloe Kardashian, and French Montana.
We enjoyed attending the 2017 Washington Auto Show! It is clear that 2018 is going to be an exciting year for the automotive industry.
If you drive on a daily basis than you know how annoying it is to hit a pothole unexpectedly. Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing at Easterns Automotive Group, recently caught up with Fox 5 DC to discuss the damages that potholes can cause to your vehicle. Potholes can knock the air out of your tires, mess up wheel balance, or even affect the wheel alignment. However, there are signs to look for to if your car has been damaged by a pothole. One of the most common things to look for is a change in ride. When a vehicle starts to drift or shake, there is a possibility that a pothole could be at fault. For safety purposes, it is very important to always check the tire thread on the tire tread on a vehicle.
Many of us just hop in the car and ride. However, it is very important to take the time to keep your vehicle in great cosmetic condition. One thing that can sometimes get in the way of that is bird poop. At times, it is easy to be lazy when we see bird poop. We don’t always act immediately and that is the wrong thing to do. It’s definitely better to act sooner than later to prevent long term paint damage to your vehicle.