MAKE A DIFFERENCE: DRESSEMBER
Happy December! I (like most of you) cannot believe that we are in the last month of 2018. Even though I am a planner and want to start thinking of goals for 2019, one of my pastors said something this week that really stuck with me. He said that right now in the present, we still have a choice on how we live our lives. Yes, it is the last month of the year, but that doesn’t meant we should blow right through it because we are so focused on all the things we want to do in 2019. We need to take advantage of the present as each and everyday is an opportunity.
And thats why I was happy when I learned about Dressember—A whole month dedicated to helping raise money and awareness for sex trafficking victims. What better way to wrap up the end of the year then by challenging yourself and helping a bigger cause. The Dressember Foundation is a non-profit that focuses on eliminating the slave trade. Did you know there are currently 30 million enslaved people world wide? That number is astonishing and shows why Dressember was developed. The Dressember Foundation challenges people to wear a dress (or tie) everyday in the month of December to raise awareness for sex trafficking victims. Why a dress you ask? The dress acts as a conversation starter and participants wear the uniform proudly. Through campaigns participants help raise money for the foundation which gives the money to partner organizations that focus on ending sex trafficking and/or helping victims. This amazing movement has been going on since 2013 and thousands of people participate every year. To date participants have helped raise over $5 million dollars. If that isn’t proof that everyone of us has the ability to make an impact then I don’t know what is.
I know we are already a few days into December but it’s not too late to do the challenge and start a campaign page. It’s easy to sign-up and I am sure you have a few dresses in your closet you can wear. If you don’t want to participate this year, theres another way you can still give back. The Dressember Foundation has an online marketplace where they sell some very stylish dresses. FYI my favorite is the The Danielle Dress! It may be the end of the year, but its not too late to make an impact. Focus on what you can do right here and right now to make a difference!