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11-07-18

Road to a Better Community – Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

Back again! Easterns Automotive Group and WUSA 9 teamed up once again for their Road to a Better Community segment.  This time, the pair found an incredible non-profit that helps provide farm animals and wildlife with care, protection, and rehabilitation.  Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge based in Poolesville, Maryland which is a part of Montgomery County.  The amazing volunteers work endlessly to bring awareness to issues concerning animals and wildlife.  With their recent support and donations from the public, Poplar Spring was able to build both new barns and fences for their growing animal family.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented Poplar Spring with a check for $2,500 to help out with their new expansion.  This money will be able to help supply the farm animals with food, hay, and other supplies needed in order to get them through this upcoming winter that is approaching.  To learn more about Popular Spring Animal Sanctuary and find out how you can either donate or volunteer, please click here.

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10-26-18

Pay It Forward – DC Moms come together to put an end to childhood hunger

There is nothing worse than seeing worse than seeing an innocent child left hungry.  Unfortunately in the District, this became a problem saw more and more frequently.  Stoddert Elementary School decided to step in and do something about it.  The students of their 5-grade class created the idea of a Share Table.  Every day at the end of lunch, students can put any remaining food that is unopened around in baskets that are conveniently placed around the lunchroom.  This makes food readily available for any students that are still hungry or want a snack.

 

Three parents got wind of the Share Table from their very own DC Public School students.  Lucie Leblois, Alysa MacClellan, and Krista Weymouth came together to create the DC Food Project.  They plan to implement both their Share Table and Backpack Program into several schools with hopes to expand it throughout the entire school system.  Stoddert Elementary of course inspired the Share Table while the Backpack Program was an original idea that these three ladies sat down and created together.  The Backpack Program sends food home with students in need on Fridays so that they will have food to eat over the weekend.

 

There is no way that Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group could not step in and help their amazing program.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented a check for $2,700 to the DC Food Project to allow these three moms to continue doing their great work.

 

If you would like to learn more about the DC Food Project and find out how you too can get involved, please click here.

 

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10-26-18

Pay It Forward – Loudoun Therapeutic Riding is providing horseback riding to those in need with various challenges

Pay It Forward partners Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC give to deserving people and organizations all year round.  However, this particular nonprofit organization is very special because it enriches the lives of individuals with physical, cognitive, and psychological challenges.  Loudoun Therapeutic Riding (LTR) at Morven Park continues to help both veterans and people with disabilities free of charge to fulfill their mission.  For many people, it is their very first time riding a horse when working with LTR.  They have been able to make tremendous progress in the lives of many.  Loudoun Therapeutic Riding helps more than 100 people each week through their herd of 14 horses.

Easterns and Fox 5 DC decided to help step in because they want Loudoun Therapeutic Riding to be able to continue their amazing work.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented Loudoun Therapeutic Riding with a check for $2,000 to help with their upcoming 2018 Ride-A-Thon.

Please click here to learn more about Loudoun Therapeutic Riding.

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10-18-18

Pay It Forward – Retired Teacher From Prince Georges County Supports Neighborhood Children

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) are back with a brand new episode and this one is a tearjerker. Cynthia Cogdell is a retired teacher from the Prince Georges County School district. Many times when teachers retire, they cannot wait to relax and get away from children. This is not the case for Ms. Cogdell who still dedicates her life to helping children without a paycheck being attached. Every morning before school, she meets and greets the children in her neighborhood at the bus stop. Her main goal is to help keep them safe and provide snacks to the kids so they can start their day right. Ms. Cogdell’s daughter uploaded a video to social media of her mother tending to the children at the bus stop and it went viral on social media.
Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC got wind of what Ms. Cogdell was doing and knew they wanted to do something nice for her. It takes a selfless individual to sacrifice their time, energy, and money to help others. Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented Ms. Cogdell with tickets up an upcoming Washington Redskins games, a signed Ryan Kerrigan jersey, a certificate for a spa day, and more snacks for the students at the bus stop. She was overjoyed by the surprise. It’s clear that Ms. Cogdell has a lot to look forward to. With all the time and effort that she puts into the children, she too deserves to enjoy herself!

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09-28-18

Road To A Better Community – Latin Youth Center

Easterns Automotive Group and WUSA 9 are continuing to grow their Road to a Better Community segment.  The pair recently gave back to the Latin American Youth Center in Washington D.C.  This makes perfect sense because Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) has been selling cars to to the yard working men and women of DC, Maryland, and Virginia for over 30 years.  It’s clear that Easterns has a very close relationship with the community.  The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is working to be more inclusive and provide a place for comfort to members of the LGBTQ community.  Their goal is to bring teens of all walks of life together through after school activities and programs.  They understand the pressures of the world and just aim to provide a place of unity for those growing up in the area.  Youth are always looking for a comfortable place to engage and be themselves.  Through the Stripes program, youths are able to learn about LGBTQ issues through media advocacy.  They are able to learn just how powerful their voices are so one day they can become leaders themselves.

Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented a check for $2,000 to Marie Moll, Teen Stripes Program Manager at the youth center.  This money will help the nonprofit continue doing what they do for the youth in the community.  If you would like to learn more about the Latin American Youth Center, please click here.

 

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09-27-18

Pay It Forward – The Forever Moriah Foundation

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have teamed up yet again to help out a deserving nonprofit foundation.  With September being pediatric cancer awareness month, the pair figured that it would only make sense to help and highlight a nonprofit built on helping kids fight childhood cancer.  Sharday Richardson of Virginia created the Forever Moriah Foundation this year in honor of losing her oldest daughter.  Moriah, Richardson’s daughter, passed in 2013 just shy of her fifth birthday.  She was given between nine months to a year to live.  The pain of losing a child is near and dear to her heart because she went through this first hand.  Many do not know that the survival rate for pediatric cancer is 85 percent yet many children still lose their lives.

Richardson and her family went through such a hard time losing her daughter.  She knew that she wanted to help other people on their journeys as well.  This resulted in the birth of the Forever Moriah Foundation.  Fovever Moriah works closely with young cancer patients at Children’s National Hospital to celebrate their birthdays and completion of treatment with a big party for them and their family.  Richardson’s courage and strength to turn her pain into something so selfless and amazing is a true testament of paying it forward.  Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group came into this with a goal of not only helping the foundation but also putting a smile on Richardson’s face.  She will be enjoying a Spa Day courtesy of Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group.  Well deserved! Easterns will also be covering the next party thrown by the Forever Moriah Foundation at Children’s National Hospital.  Click here  to learn more about the Forever Moriah Foundation and find out how you too can get involved and help.

 

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09-07-18

Easterns Automotive Group supports Evergreen Hammers Football

For years, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) has been a generous organization that loves giving back to others and helping the people of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community.  Eastern Motors, founded by Robert Bassam, recently teamed up to donate $1,250 and sponsor The Evergreen Hammers Youth Football Association (EHYFA) for their 2018 football season.  The Dulles Patriots and the Loudoun Lions merged together to form the Evergreen Hammers.  They are providing a unique experience to passionate youth who love the game of football.  The Evergreen Hammers are a part of the Virginia America Youth Football Alliance (VAYFA) that includes Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Alexandria, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties.  On a national level, the Evergreen Hammers compete under American Youth Football (AYF) who is the largest youth football organization in the world.

If you are a fan of football, you can watch the Evergreen Hammers showcasing their skills at the Evergreen Sportsplex just outside of Leesburg, VA.  Please click here if you would like to learn more about the team, see their schedule, or find out registration information if you have a child interested in playing.

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09-04-18

Road To A Better Community – Mobile Hope Loudoun

Easterns Automotive Group continues to selflessly give through their recent partnership with WUSA 9.  The two came across an amazing nonprofit that is changing the community in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Some of you may know Loudoun County as being one of the highest-income counties in the United States.  However, this does not make it immune poverty and homelessness.  Sadly there are more than 2,200 children in the county that do not have a place to call home.  Mobile Hope of Loudoun is working diligently to change this narrative.

A woman by the name of Donna Fortier created Mobile Hope back in 2011 while she was in charge of the Mobile Health program at Inova Loudoun Hospital.  During this time, she noticed a large of amount of homeless youths in the area.  When Fortier left her job at the hospital in 2014, she made it her purpose to start a nonprofit that helps provide food, clothing, and shelter to children and young adults.  Everyone in life faces obstacles but not everyone has the tools needed to get out of a tough situation.  According to D’Andre Jamison, Mobile Hope saved his life by helping him get his life on track and enroll in Northern Virginia Community College.  He chooses to pay it forward by volunteering at Mobile Hope during his off time.

Without donations and volunteers like Jamison, it would be impossible for Mobile Hope to continue to function and prosper.  Easterns Automotive Group decided to step in and help because they two are a part of the Loudoun County community.  For those who don’t know, Easterns has their corporate office and Direct Car Buying dealership located in Sterling.  Easterns’ representative Joel Bassam presented Fortier with a $2,000 donation to help keep Mobile Hope of Loudoun going.  If you would like to learn more about Mobile Hope and find out how you too can help this great cause, please click here.

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08-29-18

Pay It Forward | The W.I.R.E.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have teamed up yet again to Pay It Forward to a very special cause.  The W.I.R.E. stands for Women Involved in Reentry Efforts and is a DC based nonprofit organization is doing great work in the community by helping both families and children of incarcerated women.  Depending on the situation or circumstance, children don’t get to see their mothers while they are incarnated so this organization steps in to make sure incarcerated mothers see and have a relationship with their children.  The group offers financial assistance as well as transportation for children to see their mothers.  The W.I.R.E. also offers peer support for women that are returning from being incarcerated.

The W.I.R.E is led by Tanisha Murden and Cheleta Tuckson who turned their pain into purpose because they too were previously incarcerated.  It is an ongoing struggle to keep the organization going because it is run solely on donations from generous people.  Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group stepped in to help this amazing nonprofit for the hard work and good that they do in the community.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented the group a check for $2,000 to help them with their cause.  He also gift $250 in gift cards to Donnell Chapman who shared his own personal story on the Fox 5 DC segment about growing up with an incarcerated mother.  If you would like to learn more about The W.I.R.E. and also see how you too can make a donation, please click here.

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08-10-18

Pay It Forward | Myannas Heart

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have teamed up yet again.  The pair found a very special organization to give back to.  A 7-year-old girl by the name of Myanna created her own non-profit organization named MyannasHeart based off a personal experience.  When Myanna was just 5 months old, she had her very first open heart surgery and has undergone several surgeries since.  After enduring such a traumatic experience both mentally and physically, she made it her purpose to help other children with their own hospital experience.

MyannasHeart is a non-profit organization that gives tote bags filled with goodies to children at Inova Children’s Hospital.  Some of the goodies included in the tote toys, blankets, and puzzles.  These small things can make a child’s hospital stay that much more comfortable.  Kudos to Myanna’s mother Sheri Kempton for stepping up to the plate and taking the steps to ensure that her daughter’s dream came to life.  When Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group got wind of this they immediately wanted to help.  Fox 5 DC invited Myanna and her family on Good Day DC where Joel Bassam of Easterns surprised them live on air with toys, supplies for their bags, and a check for $1,000 to help them on their mission.  If you would like to learn more about MyannaHeart and how you can help, please click here.

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08-09-18

Pay It Forward | Premature Widows

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have been very busy lately paying it forward in the DMV community.  They recently found out about a woman named Connie Gilmore who turned her own traumatic experience into a nonprofit organization to empower other women.  In 2015, Gimore lost her husband unexpectedly which left her to be a widow.  This not only was a shock but an unimaginable loss.  Gilmore knew that there had to be women out there facing the same harsh reality.  This is how she came up with the idea and formed her non-profit organization, Premature Widows.  Gilmore made it her mission to help by creating a support group of widows.  They have monthly events where all the women can come together and discuss their life, feelings, and personal struggles in a safe and comfortable place all while still having fun.  The women are able to feel comfortable because they have all been through the same journey.  There is complete respect and absolutely no judgment.

 

Through Premature Widows, Gilmore gives back and helps widows on a daily basis.  Fox 5 DC an Easterns Automotive Group made it their quest to Pay It Forward to them this time since so much is done for others.  Joel Bassam of Easterns donated $200 in gift cards to help with their next pizza party. In addition to that, Easterns will be paying for and sponsoring the rest of their monthly meet-ups in 2018.  If you would like to learn more about Premature Widows and how you can help, please click here.

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08-03-18

Road To A Better Community – Passion For Learning

In this new partnership with WUSA 9, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) has teamed up to give back an incredible organization by the name of Passion For Learning (P4L).   Easterns is always looking for ways to give back to the DMV community that they have been a part of for so long. 

P4L is a Montgomery County, Maryland based organization that helps students in low income communities develop the skills they will need for a 21st Century knowledge-based global economy and technology-rich society.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented a $1,500 check to the executive director of P4L, Cynthia Rubenstein.  This generous donation will help one of their programs in particular.  The GRRL Tech (Girls Really, Really, Love Technology) program helps young women with digital technology skills such as coding, website development, and video game design.  P4L is always looking to find ways to aid in the empowerment of our future tech leaders.  It doesn’t take much to make a real difference in the life of a child and the future of our community.  If you would like to learn more about P4L and how you can get involved, please click here.

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07-26-18

Pay It Forward | Hero Dogs

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 Dc and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up once again for a special cause.  Both parties got wind of an amazing non-profit corporation in Montgomery County, Maryland that was and still is in need of some financial assistance. The mission of Hero Dogs, Inc. is to help our very own United States heroes (veterans) by providing service dogs to them free of charge.  This directly affects veterans of the U.S. military and first responders suffering from disabilities.  It’s nice to know that this corporation is doing such great work to help our nation’s heroes who have already been through and witnessed so much.  Hero Dogs also assists patients that are in need at local hospitals.

Ultimately, nobody wants to be ill or in the hospital.  Inova Loudoun Hospital has its very own Hero Dog named Jeremiah that works well with children and is specifically trained to work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  Animals bring a sense of comfort to patients because they are so warm and affectionate.  They bring out the joy patients need to realize that everything will be okay.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group just knew they had to help out once they heard about all the wonderful things they are doing to bring smiles to those in need.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented a $5,000 check to Hero Dogs to help the organization continue its amazing mission.  Hero Dogs, Inc. is always looking for people to give whether it is monetary or hands on.  Click here to learn more about Hero Dogs and how you too can volunteer or donate to this great cause.

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07-16-18

Easterns Automotive Group supports Firm Foundations Romania

Firm Foundations Romania

As a staple in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) is known for being a charitable organization that gives back.  Usually Easterns tends to help out local people and organizations but this time their reach went overseas.  The Firm Foundations Romania organization caught the attention of Director of Marketing at Easterns, Joel Bassam.  This non profit is on a mission to transform the lives of disadvantaged Romanian children and families.  They do this by providing physical and educational guidance and sharing the Gospel.  No one should want to see any child suffering or in need of attention.  All children need unconditional love and support in order to prosper, grow, and be successful in life despite their upbringing or financial status.  Firm Foundations Romania is committed to providing educational opportunities for the youth and equipping them with the tools they need to serve others.  Easterns made a donation of $500 but of our course there are numerous ways to help out that aren’t monetary.  They are in search of short and long term volunteers.  Donations such as clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies are welcome and appreciated.  Please click here to find out how you can help.

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06-25-18

Pay It Forward | The Lead By Example Foundation is teaching kids the importance of health and wellness

Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC recently found an incredible organization to Pay It Forward to.  William Craig, Antonio Beard, and Jalen Thomas created the Lead By Example non-profit foundation to teach children the importance of health and fitness.  The is done by mentoring, educating, and keeping children of the District active to combat childhood obesity and help develop healthy eating habits while they are young.  The three of them are working to implement their program into schools, which would in turn replace detention, suspension, or school punishment.  Children would learn various workout programs to reduce stress.

Easterns and Fox 5 DC came together to Pay It Forward the wonderful founders of Lead By Example so that they can continue their tremendous efforts.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented $1,500 to the foundation so that 200 students can go to the Universoul Circus.  This will be a fun experience for the kids to bond and catch up with eachother out of school. The volunteers were also given $20 gas card to help transport the children.  You too can be a part of the Lead By Example Foundation.  Please click here to see how you can get involved.

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06-21-18

Pay It Forward | Celebrating a 10-Year-Old Girl that is on a mission to save gorillas

Happy June!  Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) teamed up with Fox 5 DC once again for another segment of Pay It Forward.  The two came across a young 10-year-old girl from Maryland that is doing some great things in the community by helping to save animals.  Addy Barrett created her own non-profit organization by the name of Gorilla Heroes to help the endangered mountain gorillas in Africa.  She came up with the idea to start a pie-face challenge that will help raise money for this cause.  The initial campaign took off due to Addy’s mom Sarah taking a picture of the poster that Addy created and sharing it on social media.   In the photo, Addy is holding a poster that says “Save the Gorillas!”  Addy’s site has since raised over $1,000 due to the impact of the pie-face challenge.  She got the inspiration for the challenge from the ALS Bucket Challenge.  Addy got a pie in her face every time a donation was made or a t-shirt was purchased.  People were eager to support the cause because they can see she is doing something extremely clever and charitable for her age.  While other kids her age are playing on video games or on the computer, Addy is continuing to create awareness about her cause.

Addy’s efforts caught the attention of David Singer, a member of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  Singer praised Addy for her generous efforts and even gave her a keepsake from his trip to Rwanda where he got to see the mountain gorillas.  It’s only the beginning for Addy and her philanthropic ways.  She is set to host a Gorilla Gala on Sunday, June 23rd at A Bit Better Farm in Brookville, Maryland.  The event is intended to get kids and their families excited about the gorillas and of course learn more.  There will be games, crafts, VR Gorilla Tours, and some pie-face fun.  All proceeds from this event will go directly to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Fund.

Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC got wind of the remarkable things that Addy is doing with Gorilla Heroes and wanted to do their part and contributing.  Easterns donated $500 to the Gorilla Gala along with t-shirts and a gift-card to Sakura.  Addy and her mother Sarah are looking forward to eating at their favorite restaurant.  Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC and Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group were such great sports that the two decided to take a pie in the face on live tv.  It’s all about having fun!  If you would like to donate

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