Welcome back! (Or just welcome for new readers!)
There are only 11 DAYS until Dressember 2017! I’m excited, can you tell? This post is going to be all things Dressember. What is it? (For those who missed previous posts) Who can participate? How to stay warm when it starts to get REALLY cold, as it does here in Wisconsin. How to participate with only a few dresses, and so on. So let’s begin!
First off, Dressember is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization that raises money for anti-human trafficking efforts through their three current partners, International Justice Mission (IJM), A21, and new this year, the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. All three are working towards a world without human trafficking (the use of anyone against their will for labor or sexual acts). Only 20% of the money raised is retained for administrative fees, which is about average, maybe even a little lower. So you can be assured the money donated is making a difference in our world. Now, before you say that human trafficking isn’t a problem here, so you don’t need to worry…you do. All 72 counties in Wisconsin have cases of human trafficking. That’s just Wisconsin. The number of slaves worldwide (in a study done in 2010) was around 12.3 MILLION people, and only about 0.4% are ever identified and rescued (Check out the face sheet here.) So there’s no reason not to put yourself out there to help these millions of people in need of some good news.
Next, who can participate? ANYONE! Being an advocate is SO easy! To check out the page to register, click here! For women, you wear a dress every day for the entire month of December and for men looking to participate just dress nice, ties and dress pants! That may not sound very appealing to some, but think about who you’re advocating for. You’re advocating for that 13 year-old girl forced to perform sexual acts with men twice her age or older. You’re advocating for that little boy across the globe who doesn’t know how to swim, but is forced to swim to the bottom of a murky lake to fish for the seafood we eat here in the U.S. You’re advocating for the young children being forced to work in diamond mines, or the young girls who are brought to the boom towns around these mines to pleasure the older miners. Suddenly wearing a dress for 31 days doesn’t seem so hard, does it? All those kept in slavery here at home, and worldwide, need our voices to save them and let their stories be known. The more their stories are shared, the more organizations like IJM and A21 can do to help make a change worldwide through rescue missions and work with government to change laws worldwide!
Now I know, it gets cold in December in lots of places. Especially in places like the Midwest. Wisconsin can get pretty darn brutal in December, but think about who you’re advocating for, and throw on another layer! I have found that putting sweaters over dresses, tights under fleece-lined leggings, scarves, and big thick socks with tall boots are the best of friends throughout December. You can even wear jeans under your dresses if you miss ’em too much, or want another layer! That leads me to the next step of how to change up only the few dresses that may be in your closet.
Dressember has a “Meet Jaz” post up on their blog (Link here) and she goes into detail on how to make a few dresses stretch the ENTIRE month! It’s a great read, and I suggest you check it out, because my advice aligns exactly with that post. Lots of accessories, jackets, different hair-dos, makeup, and so on. The more creative you are, the more you’ll enjoy the whole Dressember experience.
I hope I’ve convinced some of you to join me this Dressember, either by dressing up or by donating to the organization to help their efforts. For my fundraising page click here!
I have a team already started with an old friend of mine, and we would LOVE for anyone willing to join us to click here and become part of our team!
I will (try) to post a picture of my dress everyday for the month of December on Instagram, and you can follow along at home! My Instagram is tagged below or my handle is @amomentwithcami. Dressember has an Instagram and a Facebook as well, both @Dressember, and the hashtag to be on the lookout for is #itsbiggerthanadress or #youcandoanythinginadress to see what other advocates are thinking up!
If you have ANY questions, comments, concerns, if there’s anything holding you back from participating, or if you just want to talk about human trafficking and it’s effect on our daily lives, feel free to contact me through my contact page or my DM on Instagram! I’d be willing to talk to anyone with any hesitations or passions for ending the slave trade!
I hope I’ve stirred up at least a little flame in your heart, and that you take your time to participate in Dressember alongside me and countless other advocates in 11 days. I’m excited to participate and help make a change in our world, and I’ll be looking out for anyone willing to take the challenge and join me!
‘Til next time & Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!