It’s a simple idea – wear a dress every day for one month. The only catch? I live in Iowa (think windy and cold; really, really windy and cold). Seems a little crazy, yes? Maybe. But I’m not the only one being a little crazy!
Dressember 2013 is underway and I have, true to my commitment, worn a dress for work every single day so far. Granted, it’s only been 4 days but so far so good! In the interest of full disclosure, I do throw on sweats when I am crashing for the night. But thanks to tights, cardigans, and leggings my collection of mostly short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses is working!
I could care less what fashion statement I’m making – or completely failing at! There is a bigger purpose here. Dressember 2013 is happening in conjunction with International Justice Mission as an effort to raise funds for their continuing work to rescue those who have been trafficked. If you’re interested, you can just click here and help me reach my personal goal of $200.
The overall goal for this campaign – which ends January 3rd, 2014 – was $25,000. I say “was” because as of today – December 4th – they have raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $32,000!!! Every penny raised will go to continuing the work of IJM as they seek to free those who are enslaved as well as prosecuting the traffickers.
Yes, it’s going to be challenging to make my collection of dresses work for an entire chilly month. But I’m doing it for the women in my life that I cherish – my friends, my sisters, my daughters, my nieces . . . you get the idea. There is a woman somewhere in the world who has a loved one trapped in slavery. Maybe more than one loved one. If my wearing a dress will help raise awareness and funds, then chilly legs is a miniscule price to pay.