Last week I posted about the International Justice Mission fundraiser I’m joining this year — Dressember. Every day of December I’ll be wearing a dress in an attempt to raise awareness of IJM’s work in the fight against human trafficking and sexual slavery. I set a fundraising goal of $5000, knowing that it’s a crazy high amount for one person to attempt in 31 days. But I’m not just one person tackling this Dressember thing myself. I issued a challenge for others to join me, and my sister Suzie and her friend Beverly took me up on it. We’re now a team in the Dressember fundraising campaign — look for us as “Rebecca and Suzie and Beverly” (yes, our first name on the page is “Rebecca and” and our last name is “Suzie and Beverly.”
The point of Dressember isn’t the dresses. Dresses are a symbol of femininity, and 80% of trafficking victims are women, so it’s a natural tie-in. But Dressember isn’t about going out and buying new dresses — the creator of Dressember is wearing one dress all month, with different accessories. I’m planning to wear three or four dresses of my own throughout the month and borrowing some from my cousin.
The point of Dressember is to get others to think about the horrors of human trafficking taking place around the world today. The point is to let others know that there are people and organizations who have dedicated their existence to fighting the evil of trafficking. The point is that IJM is one of those organizations, and a really great one at that, and they survive on the donations of people like us.
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday (you know, like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday) — would you consider giving a donation to IJM as part of our Dressember goal? If you’re moved to do so, you can donate on our campaign page here. 100% of the money raised during Dressember goes directly to IJM’s work. Bless you greatly!