CHESTER — Melis May Sagay, an English as a Second Language (ESL) student at the Delaware County Literacy Council, used her newly acquired ESL skills to write the award-winning article for the recent ‘People Helping People’ essay contest, sponsored by Sun East Caisse federal credit.
The “People Helping People” competition asks students to write about volunteering and its impact on their lives.
Sun East Federal Credit Union is offering a generous $200 prize to the author of the winning essay.
“I became an immigrant at the age of 40,” says Melis May Sagay in her award-winning book “People Helping
Essay on people. She adds, “A lot of people like me are not ready to become immigrants. That’s why I decided
to help them.”
Melis has created an informal network of friends and social media contacts to offer advice and housekeeping
goods to newly arrived immigrants.
In his essay, Sagay describes his goal of helping new immigrants “transition from one country to another.”
Because immigrants often arrive with only a few suitcases, they may need many household items to start their new life. Providing child car seats, cribs, toys, and clothing can make their journey easier. Sagay knew she had limited resources to help on her own, so she thought others might want to get involved.
“I was unable to help more than one person on my own, but I had a good circle of friends and organizational skills. I encouraged my friends to help.
The Sagay immigrant network was born. She makes sure that all donated items are in good condition. “The
some donated objects that were too old. Most of the immigrants helped were well-educated, respected in their country and none of them were poor. They were just immigrants,” says Sagay.
A person from Sagay’s home country of Turkey needed help finding housing in the Philadelphia area during the pandemic. Sagay wrote to the person and provided advice on locating an apartment, and even met the person to show them around.
Describing the impact of helping others, Sagay explained, “If the toy I give to an immigrant child makes him happy, if an immigrant woman cooks in the pot I gave to her family, then I reached my goal. Sharing kindness will save the world.
The Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) provides free literacy services to local adults, including online
and in-person classes on basic literacy, ESL, and GED preparation. To learn more or to get involved, visit
Short Short Animated Film Fest is coming to Delco
Marty Magee’s Irish Pub, 1110 Lincoln Ave., Prospect Park, will host the third annual Lee Thompson Short Short Fest, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 in its beer garden and patio. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The traveling independent film festival, made by and for animators, will make stops during its three-day tour in Coldwater, MI, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Delaware County.
“This is our first time touring,” Thompson said, “and we’ve already had great success with other indie bands like Troma Films, Newgrounds and popular YouTube hosts.”
College participants in the Short Short Fest on July 9 come from Temple, Drexel, University of the Arts, Delaware County Community College, Moore College of Art and Design, and Pennsylvania College of Fine Arts. Participating industry animators include Newgrounds, Philly Animation Society, Delco Community Arts and J1 Studios.
Thompson said the Short Short Fest is inspired by late-night cartoons from the early 2000s and thumbs its nose at traditional animation festivals while taking all the rules and breaking them. Short Short Fest offers a mixed bag, bringing together recent graduates, working professionals as well as Netflix and AS artists.
Anyone who loves cartoons or has something and wants to show it off then this is the place. Short Short Fest is also a place to meet other creators and just hang out and exchange ideas and information.
For more information, visit http://www.Barnhousecollective.com or call Marty Magee at 610-583-9880.
Tickets are on sale for the 2022 St. James Alumni Wall of Honor Banquet
Tickets are on sale now for the St. James High School Alumni Wall of Honor Bulldog Banquet on Friday, September 30 at the Lazaretto Ballroom in Essington. The cash bar will be open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served around 7 p.m. The program will end around 10 p.m. This year there will be 16 inductees, three special election inductees, the Distinguished Medal winner and the Magnificent Bulldog award.
The 2022 Hall of Fame recipients are Robert LeMin, ’41, Charles Bundick, ’42, and Walter Brough, ’43, deceased, special election; James Sherry ’49, Leonard Teofilak ’58; James Carr ’61, Ron Kyle ’62, Michael Eckman ’63, Anthony Iacone ’63, Patrick Heron ’65, Daniel Ragone ’70, John Robertson ’70, Ronald Schott ’72, Robert Jowder ’78, Patrick Brown ’80, Thomas McLaughlin ’82, Jack Klotz Jr. ’84, Kevin Durning ’88 and George Flynn ’93.
The winner of the Distinguished Medal will be awarded to Robert Hasson. The Magnificent Bulldog Award will go to Ralph Galati, ’66.
Ticket price for the 2022 Bulldog Inductees Banquet will be $50 and can be obtained by mailing Tony Iacone at 402 Half Mile Post South, Garnet Valley, PA 19060 or calling 610-459-8299. Due to meal restrictions, all tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.
A booklet of announcements will be distributed and people can now take announcements if they wish to honor one of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. Ads are available as half-page or full-page for $50 and $100. To list remarks in an announcement, send it to Joseph Di Gregorio at 993 Regimental Drive, West Chester, PA 19382 or call him with questions at 610-692-4969 or 610-529-8020.
For questions regarding this event, contact a member of the Wall of Honor Committee: Anthony Iacone, 610-459-8299; Michael Brady, 610-416-0074; Joseph DiGregorio, 610-529-8020; James Brogan, 610-329-0370; William Mortimer, 610-494-1484; Stephen Schukraft, 610-329-1177; and Charlie McDermott, 610-497-5332.
St. Gabriel’s Church Hosts Vacation Bible School
St Gabriel’s Church, Norwood, will be holding a Holiday Bible School for children in kindergarten to grade 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday to Friday, August 1-5. To register, call 610-586-1225 or email [email protected]/. Children of all religions are welcome.
Registration begins for Father Bill Atkinson’s local pilgrimage
A special four-mile pilgrimage of Father Bill Atkinson will take place on Thursday, September 29 in Villanova. The pilgrimage will begin at the Villanova University campus chapel and end at Our Lady of the Assumption in Wayne, where there will be a prayer service and refreshments. To register and for more information, visit https://www.friendsoffatherbill.org/pilgrimage/.
St. George’s Church turns 90 with tours
St. George’s Parish in Ardmore is celebrating its 90th anniversary and will host two tours to mark the occasion. People can see the church up close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 or at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13.
Through these tours, participants will learn more about George Nevil, who hired the finest craftsmen of his time to build this memorial to his parents. Features of the church include stained glass by D’Ascenzo Studios, intricate woodcarvings by Edward Maene, 17-bell carillons by John Taylor & Co., and an organ by the Austin Organ Company.
Tours will last approximately 30 minutes and begin right outside the church entrance on Sulgrave Ave. For more information, visit http://www.stgeorgeschurch.org/or call 610-642-3500.
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