Today’s guest post is from our friend, Elizabeth H., who joined our Dressember team last year and has already signed up to be a part of our team this year! We have asked several of last year’s team members to share about their experience last year and what they took away from wearing a dress for the whole month. We are thankful to Elizabeth for sharing her perspective on participating!
I was a late sign up to Dressember 2015. I had seen a few posts about it and wasn’t entirely sure what it was all about. When I finally decided to click on something and do some research, I was both saddened and amazed. Saddened by the amount of human trafficking there is in the world (I had no idea!) but also amazed and encouraged that there were so many people fighting for the freedom of these people. As a stay at home mom to two small boys, I am not always able to be on the “front lines” so to speak but I told myself I could most definitely wear a dress! So I signed up. You’d think wearing a dress everyday would be easy but some days all I wanted were a pair of blue jeans. It was definitely helpful to be apart of a team of women who were all working towards a common goal.
I think the biggest take away from the experience for me was just awareness. Awareness I did not have before. Since last year, I continue to follow A21 and IJM, and it’s so encouraging to see the positive work they are doing. I am also just more conscious of where I spend my money. I think twice before shopping and wonder what my money is supporting. Are people receiving a fair wage? Good working conditions? Are they working there by force or by choice. I’ve definitely shopped second hand a lot more this past year. I know it may seem like a small thing but it’s how I can help. It really is bigger than a dress.
These are human rights organizations that work to rescue victims of modern day slavery, social injustice, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression.
Read about what we did last year:
If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out this form. You do not have to be local to Austin, Texas to participate. We will have several ethical brands sponsoring our team challenges and a facebook group for us to encourage and communicate as a team. We truly believe that we will raise more awareness and money if we combine our forces.