If you have never donated blood before, the annual Gift-of-Life Marathon is the place to do it! Not only are first-time donors critical to ensuring an adequate blood supply, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more supportive atmosphere. Every year we have hundreds of donors contributing to our success.
From the minute the doors open, the excitement builds as donors donate life-giving blood and help build a sense of community! First-time donors will leave knowing they were part of something important and life-affirming, and that they did something few get the opportunity to do: actually help save a life.
The vast majority of adult and young-adult Americans are eligible to donate blood – but less than 5 percent donate on a regular basis. Here in Vermont, the number is higher – in Rutland County it’s about three times that figure! Many people think they aren’t eligible because they are too old, too young, too big or too small – but they are often wrong.
Blood donors in Vermont must be healthy, be at least 16 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Though 16-year olds can now donate in Vermont, parental consent is required. More information for young donors can be found HERE.
There are also some restrictions for all donors based on foreign travel, medical conditions and lifestyle, but learning more is just a phone call or click away. If you’ve got questions, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or CLICK HERE.