This December, I am wearing a dress everyday.
It is a part of a movement called Dressember. The challenge is to wear a dress (or tie) every day for the entire month to raise awareness about modern day slavery, and to also raise funds to combat it.
The Dressember Foundation specializes in rescuing victims, establishing justice, and restoring lives. The Foundation partners with other nonprofits who are also fighting human trafficking, so when people give to Dressember, they are giving not only to one nonprofit, but many with a common goal!
I already met and exceeded my fundraising goal for the entire month.
Yes, you read that right! This year (my second), I exceeded my goal of raising $650 for the entire month by the third of December. I am nearly at $700 now!!
I am shocked and humbled and giddy because I didn’t expect such an overwhelmingly positive amount of support from my friends and family. Of course my community is supportive and kind and generous, but I did not realize just how generous they would be!
But wait, there’s even more!
My sweet, lifelong friend Bryanna — who resides in Chicago — is joining me in this challenge. As a flight attendant, she has been educated on signs of human trafficking. Thankfully, she has never witnessed an alarming relationship.
It is such a thrill to see my friends come alongside me not only in support, but also partnering with me in advocating for human trafficking victims. There is something special about sharing a passion with someone, and it is our passion and mission to see modern-day slavery come to an end during our lifetime.
Social justice matters.
Ever since learning about human trafficking at church when I was in middle school, this issue has been heavy on my heart. That is over a decade of my heart aching for those who are trapped in slave labor. That is over a decade of prayers and pleading to Jesus Man to protect those who suffer from this injustice, and asking him just what can I do to make a difference.
Social justice matters, because people matter.
Because you and I and your mom and your sister matter. Because the homeless person on the corner matters, because the child stuck in a forced marriage matters. Because Jesus loves the little children, no matter background or race, no matter upbringing or language.
Because even if you do not believe in Jesus, surely you know that each human being should have certain rights and privileges and freedoms. Because you know in your heart that people in captivity, people being held against their will, people being separated from their families, is just plain wrong.
So here I am, doing what little I can.
At the end of the day, wearing a dress every day for a month is not that hard. At the end of the day, trying to raise $1500 with my Dressember team does not seem like much in the grand scheme of things.
But at the end of the day, I am also doing what I can do. I am also trying my hardest and doing my best and opening my little heart as wide as it can.
I would love for you to join me in this fight to end slavery and human trafficking. I would love for you to ask me hard questions and start a conversation with me. I would love for you to give what you can, whether it is money or prayer or encouragement or conversation.