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To encourage her friends and family to donate, she promised to wear her wedding dress one day if she hit that goal. Her mark was met by day 17, so she decided to wear her dress to church. “It helped spread awareness because when people would ask, I would be like, well, there is this cause," she said. “It helped me tell more people about it.” This December, Watts increased her goal to $3,000. But, she knew she needed to do something more ridiculous than wearing her dress to church. Then her friend came up with the idea to run a race in the dress. “I would post a picture of my dress each day on social media, I did giveaways, anything to get people to donate," she said. Watts tried to include a fact about human trafficking when she would post her dress of the day. A post shared by Angela Watts (@tekoarose) on On Dec. 28, Watts was about $360 short of her goal when her friend Jeremy Howell offered to match donations made that day to reach her goal. The matching and other efforts pushed Watts' fundraising to more than $3,200 .
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