Easterns Automotive helps Boy Scout troop after gear, trailer stolen

- Disaster struck for a Manassas Boy Scout troop when their trailer full of camping gear was stolen last month. But their luck changed when a local business owner stepped in to help.

Boy Scout Troop #43 was planning to take an overnight camping trip to West Virginia when the theft occurred. The trailer, which they kept in the Grace Church parking lot, was used to store over $10,000 worth of camping gear.

"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.

Luckily for Henderson and for the Scouts, Robert Bassam, CEO of Easterns Automotive, saw the report and wanted to help. Bassam , known for his generosity in the community, surprised Troop #43 with a brand new trailer and $2500 in gift cards for 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.

Prince William County Police are still investigating the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call 703-792-7270.

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