Extra effort for gift of life

July 26, 2014

Extra effort for gift of life

As co-organizers of the Gift-of-Life Mini Summer Marathon Blood Drive, we are writing to thank the hundreds of people from throughout the greater Rutland area who donated their time, effort and blood on Tuesday. The drive collected 376 pints of desperately needed blood at a time when the nation is facing a critical shortage and demonstrated once again the spirit of the people of this area. 

We especially want to thank those donors who waited through unexpected delays that occurred, and the dozens of volunteers who worked, in some cases for 12 hours or more, to make the drive a success.

The spirit we have seen from the GOLM and Mini GOLM was demonstrated in spades by two stories we heard on Tuesday. 

One gentlemen from Tinmouth heard about the drive on the radio and decided to come into Rutland to donate. His truck died in Wallingford, but undeterred, he walked from there to downtown Rutland so he could roll up his sleeve and give the gift of life. We also heard about a couple of Long Trail hikers who learned about the drive, detoured off the trail in Killington and hiked down to the Paramount to donate a pint each. 

Those kinds of stories, along with the knowledge that together as a community we are helping to save lives and build bonds, are what drive WJJR and Green Mountain Power to organize and sponsor these events. We can’t say thanks enough for the spirit, commitment and, yes, patience, donors exhibited on Tuesday.


Rutland Town

Terry Jaye is program manager for Catamount Radio. Steve Costello is a vice president at Green Mountain Power.



The eleventh annual Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood Drive was December 17, 2013 in Rutland, Vermont

The Gift-of-Life Marathon collected 2,350 pints, crushing the old national record of 1,968 pints set by Manchester, New Hampshire.

With these results, Rutland now holds three of the top four spots on the list of the 10 biggest blood drives in U.S. history.

"This is such a statement by the greater Rutland community," said co-organizer Steve Costello from Green Mountain Power. "To outdo every single city and town in America is really mind-boggling."

"I could not be more proud of the Rutland region," WJJR Program Manager Terry Jaye said.  "Christmas begins tonight."

"Castleton feels blessed to be united with Rutland, Green Mountain Power and WJJR, in helping to make a difference for our community and our world," Castleton President Dave Wolk said. "I am really grateful that all our volunteers throughout the region broke the record and put Rutland back on top on the world map."