What’s with the Dress? | Dressember 2016

It’s better to light a candle than curse the dark.

The last year seemed to go by so quickly and yet last so long all at the same time. I know we all stress about holidays, events we must attend, the things we mean to do. But I, for one, am so glad they exist. These special days, seasons, or months help me truly appreciate a year. The holiday season is in full swing, but for three years in a row, December has also meant something else for me.

In December, thousands of others and I celebrate Dressember, the month of the year where we wear a dress every.single.cold.day in order to spread the message that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life.

This campaign is meant to celebrate womanhood and all women of all types, but also raises funds for two great organizations: the International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org) and A21 (www.a21.org), which both seek to eliminate human trafficking of all human beings worldwide.

The Dressember campaign has chosen to raise funds for these organizations because they both operate rescue missions, break up human trafficking rings, and also provide resources and help to those they’ve rescued. Human trafficking disproportionately affects women and children.

All month my team members (Hey, Lesley! Hey, Shannon!), and I will be posting photos as proof that we’re holding up our end of the dress-wearing bargain. It’s about so much more than posting photos of ourselves. We don’t mean to clog up your news feeds with our selfies, but rather remind you every day that there are people who need our help and respect.

I’d love it if you can help us by:

1) joining our team — it’s not too late! (We’re Cut the Slack)
2) learning more about these organizations and/or the causes they fight for;
3) making sure that the women in your own lives are being encouraged and empowered to live full, free, and meaningful lives of their own choosing;
4) sharing the message and/or clicking on the links/liking posts by Dressember on FB so FB’s algorithm will allow others to see this;
5) donating toward our team fundraising goal.

To learn more about the campaign, please visit https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/cuttheslack

Thanks to all of you in advance! You’re the best 🙂

Please note: Much of this information and also copy comes from the campaign and organizations themselves. My intent is to spread the message, not claim the copy as my own.

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