“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
When I was in middle school, I learned that millions of people are still in slavery around the world. I knew that it didn’t have to be this way, but if anything was going to change, people like you and I needed to get involved. During my junior year of high school, I decided to do something about it.
So from January 11, 2012 to January 10, 2013, I wore the same black dress every day. I limited my wardrobe choices for a year and asked others to partner with me by giving to one of six organizations working to end modern-day slavery. I got the idea from Elaini, who wore the same dress for 100 days to raise money for orphans. It was almost like a walk-a-thon.
That year we gave $8,615 to end slavery. The money went to the International Justice Mission, the Not for Sale Campaign, The A21 Campaign, Compassion International, Restore International, and Love 146. It was used to intervene in situations where people were being trafficked, provide rehabilitation services, and prevent human trafficking in vulnerable communities.
Each day I posted a photo of how I wore the dress. By the end of the year, I wore it in 366 different ways. (Yeah, I picked a Leap Year.) At the end, I collected all those pictures and put them in a video to give an overview of my journey through the year.
My year in the dress changed me in ways I never expected. Shortly after it ended, I was given an opportunity to co-write a book about it, and I can't wait to share that with you soon. Wearing that dress was an adventure that I wouldn't trade for the world.