Dressember is the first missions project of our family’s Spread the Light Advent season. It is a big one, in fact, it starts today and lasts all month, and we would love for you to join us!

“Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.”

Dressember is a challenge usually taken on by women but our family is taking it on together! Mattie and I will be wearing dresses every day for the month of December, and our boys will be wearing ‘dress’ clothes.

“In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery. Beginning in 2015, the Dressember campaign will expand to partner with other anti-trafficking organizations.”

During our time in North Carolina we were able to experience several great churches, one of them was Imago Dei Church in north Raleigh. Imago Dei is an incredible church with many great things going on. During our time with Imago Dei we were able to learn about several mission organizations they support, one of these organizations is the International Justice Mission (IJM). After hearing about this group and the work they do around the globe I began researching them more, looking for ways our family could get involved. When Mattie and I found out about Dressember and their connection with IJM, we were sold. The more we researched the more excited we became about this opportunity for us to get involved and raise money to support their efforts to end human trafficking. As Mattie and I were making plans to participate the boys in our life decided they wanted do it with us, and we LOVED that idea even more.

The way it works is this…We have committed to wearing dresses/dress clothes every day for the month of December. The only exceptions are– as with a job that requires pants, or when you’re working out, cleaning, or sleeping. We will wear a dress/dress clothes any other time we get to choose what to wear. We will “spread awareness about a world issue by committing to the challenge of wearing dresses all month. All month, those who participate spread the word about what they’re doing and why, compelling many others in their lives to contribute to the cause by making a monetary contribution.”

Ways you can help up…

  1. SHARE our link. The more word is spread, the more awareness is raised! We will be sharing pics and the link to our support page often this month. (get ready!)
  2. Click our link and GIVE. Our team name is Dodson Family Advent and our team goal is $500. We started the donations off by giving money we would have spent toward our “Something to Wear” gifts.
  3. JOIN us. You can join our team! Commit to wearing dresses (or men – dress clothes) for the month of December. From the Dressember website you can learn more about this challenge and the rules. You start by joining as an individual advocate then you are giving the opportunity to join a team. Look for our team name in the list and jump on board. We would love to have you!

Your gift is tax deductible and 100% of the the money given goes to further the efforts to end human trafficking in our world! What better way to start this season than giving to make someone’s life better?

Spread the Light!

The heart of Dressember is freedom– that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life.



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