Our dear friend Heather offered to share about her experience participating in Dressember with our team last year. This year, she will be spending part of December serving refugees in Athens, Greece with East-West Ministries. In her words: “The Lord has moved in me a deep desire to hold hands with the refugees. There are so many ways to do this, the one He has called me toward is to go and see them face-to-face. To hear their stories and to give them hope that someone does indeed care for them.” We are so inspired by her willingness to go serve in a real and tangible way. We hope you will be inspired by her Dressember experience story.
I stepped into Dressember as a way to support my lovely friends of Dress Well Do Good, to step out of a yucky year of depression, and to end the year helping others. I had heard about IJM and A21 throughout the year with various friends and on social media. So I was really excited to see what kind of impact I could make with the great team I joined up with.
A bit of honesty with getting ready for Dressember. Consumerism. As the week of Thanksgiving rolled around and all the sales were ablaze for blackfriday I all the sudden had a panic that I had nothing to wear! “I have no dresses that can be creative!” I thought, “I want all my followers to think I’m fun and fashionable and thats what will get them to give!” Lies. I had a come to Jesus moment. It’s just a dress, but it’s also not just a dress. Remembering why I was doing it helped me step out of my first world problem and move into how to solve these made up issues with what I already had. I went through my closet. I put everything I could not wear during Dressember into boxes and drawers. Y’all. I have 20 dresses. 20! I didn’t even wear all of them throughout the month. I really only wore about 7-8. Needless to say when Dressember ended I went through my closet and made a big donation to Salvation Army. This year I am wearing one.
During Dressember the conversations I had with friends, family and my littles were so impactful to me. Some didn’t even realize that modern slavery – all facets – were still a ‘real thing’. People gave money and impacted women, children, and men they don’t even know. I rejoiced and cried when I reached my goal of $1000! A goal I thought was impossible. My voice mattered. Small little Heather in Round Rock, Texas made a difference. The people that gave made a difference.
So my take away from Dressember? It’s about knowing that your voice matters. People who follow you on social media, they follow you for a reason. They value you and your opinions. So why not use that trust to help those that literally cannot help themselves. The unsurmountable joy of getting updates from IJM and A21 about their rescues, ugh, I can’t even think about it. Tears flow. The money raised by our team, as a community, it is doing big things! It’s funding the ground work, the rescues, the recoveries. It’s funding HOPE & FREEDOM. It’s so much more 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.
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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.