Why on Earth Will I Wear a Dress Every Day of (Canadian) December?

 

This Canadian mommy of two is going to wear a dress every day of December! Brrrr.

Seems weird, right? There’s a good reason. It’s called Dressember.

It’s about fighting an issue that bothers me deeply.

It’s the fact that there are over 40 million slaves in the world today, at least 25% of whom are children. (according to the United Nations and International Labour Organization)

That number almost doesn’t compute into lives when we hear it. It’s like, in my sheltered, middle-class, North American bubble, slavery, sex trafficking, forced labour, none of it exists.

Every Christmas I celebrate my deep-rooted joy in the gift of freedom that came to us. It’s an almost-magical Christmas story that turns out to be true for millions upon millions of us.  Or… maybe you think Christmas is just that; a story.  That’s ok too.  I hope you still sense all the beauty of the season, and maybe even look a little further into who this little baby was that we still talk about 1000’s of years later.

But, is it just me, or does the hope and freedom and joy that shines so brightly at Christmas almost make the darkness look darker? The pain more painful? The heartbreak more heartbreaking?

That often makes me drawn to action and deeper generousity. Which, when I think about it that way, is really the point of Christmas.  A loving God acted and gave generously, showing up on our dark globe. Hope, freedom – even joy – showing up for the hopeless, the joyless, the slaves.  I could go on and on, but that’s a whole other wonderful topic for another day.

There are just so so many worthy causes to DO something about. It’s something I love about our modern connectedness – we can change the world. Sure, we can’t do it all, but we can I do something.  Whatever your causes or your passions, if you’re doing something about them I’m cheering for you!

Here’s why I’m going to wear a dress every day of December.

Some of you may know that our family has been going through a hard season with mystery health challenges, and our community has been absolutely amazing. So many friends and family have shown up for us. If that’s you — THANK YOU, thank you, thank you!

The way people have shown up for us during this hard season – combined with the joy & freedom of the Christmas season – makes me think of the millions of people who aren’t free. And there’s no one showing up for them.

Yet.

I imagine my son. His innocent smile and sparkling eyes, sullen by the oppression of forced labour.  Numbed by the absence of loving parents. A frown on a small face with dirty fingers and toes. If that ever came close to reality for him, I would probably die trying to rescue him before ever stopping.

Then I imagine the millions of children, as innocent as my boy, whose lives are stolen from them by no doing of their own but by the evil, ugliness of the world.

My emotional response is wanting to bust into whatever crooked scheme is enslaving innocent people and break them out by force – throwing punches and karate kicks and swinging a sword – marching into freedom forever.

But of course it’s not that simple.  Human trafficking is complicated.  It’s hidden. It exists in our Canadian cities. There are 25 types of modern slavery in the US.  It exists all over the world.  In all kinds of different circumstances.

It seems like the type of problem that you and I are powerless to solve.  But we’re not. We can be part of the solution. 

I’m a mommy.
I’m not making a lot of money.
I’m not well educated on the subject of human trafficking.

But I get dressed every morning.  By getting dressed in an unusual, inconvenient way and wearing a dress every day, I can do SOMETHING. Because I think it’s important to do what we can — big or small — to change the heartache we see in the world.

SO – this December, I’m going to wear a dress every day to advocate and fundraise for people who need someone to show up.

Dressember.org partners with a dozen organizations working hard to show up and put an end to human trafficking and slavery.  I’m just over here attempted to put more fuel on the fire from my little Canadian corner.

You can help! Will you do any of these things?

Have any helpful resources or awareness pieces about human trafficking?  Please post them!

Sarah

Sarah according to Justin – brings a kindness, compassion and empathy to every conversation she finds herself in. She has a remarkable gift for reaching out and leaving others better than when she met them. She’s also a devoted, patient, and loving wife and mother with a passion for seeing God’s love realized in this world.

3 Comments

  1. Shannon November 30, 2018

    This issue is dear to me. Hope For Justice is my favourite organization that is fighting modern day slavery around the world. I donate to them through The Young Living Foundation, which has partnered with them to help bring an end to slavery.

    1. Sarah November 30, 2018

      So wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing this Shannon – I’ll add a link to their site! ♥️

  2. Vanessa November 30, 2018

    LOVE that you are doing this Sarah! This is also an issue I feel deeply about- thank you for bringing more awareness & for sharing some great articles to help shed light on something that’s happening right around us but that most parents have no clue about, let alone how to protect their kids. You have such a kind, compassionate & loving heart ♥️ Thank you for using it this Christmas season to spread light over a very dark place. 😘

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