THOMASVILLE — A young man with kind green eyes and cuts and scrapes on his body smiles at a young woman who is gently dressing his wounds.

This is a piece of artwork done by Erin Rich, 12, a sixth-grader at Thomas County Middle School, that will soon be seen on T-shirts worn by hundreds of people.

It is the winner of the fifth annual American Red Cross Georgia Wiregrass Chapter’s Dress Down Day T-shirt Contest.

“It’s exciting,” said Rich. “I haven’t really won anything for my art, and it is nice to know this was good enough to win.”

This year’s theme is “Together we can,” about neighbors helping neighbors.

“I think it is our best shirt yet,” said Melinda Friddell, executive director. “The competition was unbelievably tough this year, but we kept coming back to this design. This shirt exemplifies the theme of this year’s event.”

Dress Down Day has grown since its inception and, this year, Friddell said she would like to raise more than $20,000. The money will stay in the area to assist local disaster victims relief.

Friddell said there should be about 2,100 shirts available at $10 each. This is also the first year that youth sizes are offered to the public.

Rich has been drawing for about a year. She said her teacher told her to enter the contest.

She wants to move to Japan and work in an anime studio, explaining she got her inspiration for her drawing from the anime technique.

Rich said she originally had other ideas about the design but decided to use things from her life to create the image.

“The nurse is modeled after a friend of my mom’s, and the boy is my boyfriend,” said Rich. “He’s a skateboarder and is always getting hurt.”

This year’s Dress Down Day is Friday, March 24.

“It’s a fun way to raise money for the Red Cross,” said Friddell. “Offices can wear the shirt, individuals can wear the shirt, and it’s just a day for people who want to help the community.”

Individuals who wear the shirt that day will be privy to special discounts at certain community vendors.

“The list will be available next week, and people who buy shirts will get a copy when they pick theirs up,” said Friddell.

For more information or to order T-shirts, call the American Red Cross at 226-2181.

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