For most of us, December is the start of “the most wonderful time of the year.” But not so for an estimated 50 million people around the world, mostly women and children, who live in situations of sex trafficking, forced labor and child marriage. According to the International Labour Organization, human trafficking is a $150 billion industry.
It's a real gut check, but every one of us can do something to fight the injustice. Join Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) to support “Dressember" this month as we work together to make a difference in the lives of victims of exploitation.
Commit to wear a dress or tie to church every Sunday to raise awareness and money to fight human trafficking. Join others to form a team then spread the word to get people you know involved.
Madison Kubala, the chair of our Dressember service project to fight human trafficking, will discuss the topic at 11:30 (after Liturgy) on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Upper Room. Please join Madison to learn more about human trafficking, what to look for and what to do if you see it, and efforts, like Dressember, to combat it.
Donate by putting checks or cash in the Poor Box in the narthex of the church or contribute online HERE by selecting “Dressember” on the Philoptochos dropdown menu.
The Dressember Foundation partners with the International Justice Mission to combat human trafficking and violence. The money we raise will prevent trafficking of vulnerable refugees, protect at-risk youth and provide trauma care for survivors.
More than 280,000 people around the world — including our Saint Spyridon parishioners — have helped raise $18 million toward this fight, impacting tens of thousands of victims, survivors, and at-risk communities.