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Dress Down Day deadline draws near

When Red Cross Chapter Manager Mary Ball went out to lunch during last year's Dress Down Day, she was pleasantly surprised to see the number of people wearing the Red Cross t-shirts.
    "It made me realize what a close-knit, supportive community we have here," she said. "That individuals and businesses would support us is really great."
    Ball is hoping for a similar scene for this year's Dress Down Day, which is scheduled for Friday, March 23.
    "We've already had several orders come in for shirts," Ball said. "We only ordered 1,000 and last year, we sold 1,200. They're going fast."
    Ball said she ordered 1,000 shirts last year and had to make an additional order to meet the demand.
    "We're very excited about Dress Down Day," said David Beaubien, chairman of the Red Cross Board of Directors. "It's a great opportunity for the community and for businesses to support the Red Cross and donate to the cause."
    The shirts are $10 each and range in size from small to 3XL.
    "I think a lot of people look forward to it," she said. "Everyone gets to wear a t-shirt to work and seem to really enjoy it"
    All the proceeds from the event go to disaster relief in Bulloch and Candler counties. The Red Cross is a United Way funded agency.
    "After 45 families have been assisted in six months for local house fires, the disaster budget desperately needs some additional funds to continue helping those in our community," Ball said.
    Companies that have 100 percent participation will also receive complimentary donuts delivered to their office as an expression of thanks, Ball said.
    Beaubien said the event gets bigger and bigger each year.
    "I think both employers and employees like to dress down," he said.
    The winning design for the t-shirt was selected from among numerous entries from students in Bulloch and Candler counties. Twelve designs were selected for a calender and William James Middle School sixth-grader Melissa Jones' entry was selected to be on the shirt.
    Order forms are available by calling Ball at (912) 764-4468 or by visiting the Red Cross office at 515 Denmark Street. Orders need to be placed by March 9.

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