Tedros James Henderson, The first image Emily ever received of her best friends son, adopted from Ethiopia in 2010.
Forget the Frock started when God convicted the heart of one woman...
Emily, born and raised in the South, knew all too well the annual Easter lead-up: stores filled with expensive frilly clothing, moms discussing the perfect dresses and little Easter suits for months before the day arrived. She had lovingly participated in the tradition her entire life, and as the mom of two young girls the tradition was sure to continue.
But, you see, God had begun to change Emily's heart. Thanks in part to the adoption process of her best friend, Emily's eyes had been opened to the plight of the orphan. Her heart had been stirred for the needy, the helpless, the widowed, and the victimized. God had meticulously planted a seed of change in her heart, which had taken root and demanded more room, more time, more focus...and suddenly, she found the entire Easter tradition frivolous.
Instead of seeing frilly dresses, she saw hollow bellies and sunken eyes. Every price tag reminded her of just how many children could be fed with that one purchase.
Emily had recently become acquainted with Feeding the Orphans, how the purchase of just one t-shirt from their site could help feed an orphan. She knew she heard the gentle voice of Jesus nudging her to do something to honor the orphans He loved so dearly.
Forget the hair bows, forget the shoes, and forget the dainty little cardigans… FORGET THE ENTIRE EASTER FROCK… The Fox Family would feed an orphan with their Easter attire!
As Emily and her husband, Jason, shared their convictions, people began to share the passion for the cause. Soon others followed their lead, using social media sites to spread the word and invite friends to join the movement. Soon, hundreds of people, even entire church congregations, were choosing to “Forget the Frock." The numbers are humbling: since 2011, Forget the Frock has helped raise nearly $500,000 for orphan care, simply by asking people to "Dress with a Purpose" on Easter.