By: Ann Dimapilis Bratelli, FASSJ President | This is a time for all of us to gather and help our friend Eli and Bec Dungca who lost most of their belongings at a recent fire, October 24th. The fire quickly swept through their building, and luckily no one was hurt or injured in their family.
Through the generosity of friends and family, they have been helped in the area of clothing and essentials. The boys are: Elijah who is 10 (size 12-14) and Isaiah who is 9 (size 10-12).
While they appreciate all of the help given to them by family, friends and community, the most recent text I received from them said “the best form of assistance has been monetary donations in the form of prepaid cards or gift cards.” (These can be sent to the care of:
- FASSJ Dungca Project, 4 Village Drive, Voorhees, NJ 08043 and I will get it to them. If you can include your email, I will let you know that it was received.)
- You can also send your donations to FECGP, 4 Sugarmaple Lane, Horsham, PA 19044: Pay to: FECGP, Memo: Elias Dungca, Jr. Support
Eli is the eldest child of Elias Dungca, Sr., one of the co-founders of the Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia, Inc. Manong Elias Dungca was a pillar in our community and a great supporter of many community projects and efforts during his time.
When I was a member with the FAAPI Dance Troupe, Eli was my dance partner. Eli was also a survivor of the 9/11 bombing of the Pentagon.
My personal thought is that if we can help those we don’t know around the globe, we should help those who are a part of the FECGP family here in the Greater Philadelphia area.