This world has lost a very special person this weekend with the passing of Shelly Manvel. Shelly and Don have been a tremendous support to Little Dresses for Africa and have given me countless times of encouragement and support in so many ways. If you read the many tributes about Shelly on the CaringBridge page, most all of them mention her laugh and her contagious spirit. I echo that sentiment and wish the family heartfelt love and thanks for making the world a better place. Don and Nick Manvel have requested in lieu of flowers that donations go to the charity of your choice. They have indicated their involvement in three specifically: Karmanos Cancer Research, The Shelly Manvel Endowed Scholarship Fund in Early Education at Michigan State University and Little Dresses for Africa. Shelly was an educator her whole life so it’s only fitting that any donations to LDFA in her honor will go directly to finishing the School Master’s house so the school can open in September. Donations in Shelly’s honor can be made under the “donate” tab and we’ll be sure to let Don and Nick know that you honored Shelly in this way. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Thank you so much and God bless your continued generosity.