Awards and Recognition

Happy 100th Birthday, Ms. Lillian


Today is the day that Ms Lillian Weber turns 100 years old.  She made a personal goal to sew 1000 dresses before her 100th birthday and she has not only reached that goal but passed it.  And she is still sewing up a storm.  We are so grateful for Ms. Lillian and all the “Ms Lillians” around the world that are so dedicated to this ministry.  Lives are changed here and across the ocean as we join together to honor little girls, one little dress at a time.  Thank you to every one of you, and Happy Birthday, Ms. Lillian.

Donations are welcome to the Lillian Weber Shipping Fund.   Love, Rachel


Here’s the article written by Jim Mertens, the original writer to bring this story to the public!  Jim really captures the “heart” of this ministry and we are so grateful to him for helping spread the word!


NBC from the Archives

From the archives of NBC News.  We remain honored to have been featured on “Making a Difference with Brian Williams” three times!

See clips here.

Silver Award

Congratulations, Katelyn Mandich, on receiving her silver award through her community project with Little Dresses for Africa.  Lives are changed by helping others and we salute you on your involvement and dedication.  Congratulations, also, to the many dedicated volunteers of these fine organizations that help turns lives toward helping others. God bless you all!

Love and thanks,



AAUW Livonia Awards “Salute to Women 2012″ to Rachel O’Neill

Rachel O’Neill, of Little Dresses for Africa, gratefully accepted the “Salute to Women 2012″award presented by the Livonia Chapter of the AAUW at a Salute to Women Luncheon in Livonia, Michigan.   This award was  presented for her role in the enhancement of the lives of children and the encouragement of community involvement. 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  Their nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, their members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Little Dresses for Africa is honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the women who join together to help the children of the world.   



Classy Awards in San Diego, CA

I find myself on a plane, having been flown to San Diego for the Classy Awards this weekend.  First of all, grateful for the free ticket, (thanks, Southwest!) secondly, amazed that I can be on line and answering email from my coveted “middle” seat (I forgot to sign in yesterday due to the excitement!)  The Classy Awards did not result in the prize money for which we hoped and worked.  I have to admit to being disappointed, but in all fairness, there was some incredible competition at the awards. My husband and I were treated well, and had the bonus of being with my best friend and her husband.   I’ll take a moment to thank Donna and Joe for coming, as well as Donna being my right hand in data entry.  So many things contribute to the success of Little Dresses for Africa and Donna is a good example of the importance of behind the scenes support.  When your packages are received, the return addresses or SASE are scanned and sent to Donna who enters them, without complaint, week after week.  So many tasks like this go on behind the scenes, and once again I pause to thank all of you for your support!

What I found overwhelmingly at the Awards weekend, is that there are a ton of really good people doing really good things. There are a lot of people, both young and old, who are giving their all to make a difference world wide.  Although, the prize money would have been a much needed bonus, we are reminded that this is not our ministry.  This has always and continues to belong to God and he has grown it to connect thousands of churches, communities, schools and individuals, to hundreds o thousand of children and their care takers all across the world.  I believe that he will continue to provide for our needs.  I believe that we still have a lot to do to honor Him and I believe you are all amazing.  Once again, I thank you for your continued support.

Love and thanks, Rachel 

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