Again, give until it hurts…

Actually, it doesn’t really hurt at all. You might have heard about the Gift-of-Life Marathon, happening Dec. 17 at a number of locations around Rutland. If the sheer joy that comes from doing something nice doesn’t motivate you to roll up your sleeve, maybe the fact Rutland is looking to set a record for most pints collected in a day will get your competitive juices flowing.

Well, the push is on to bring in donors from our area high schools. From Rutland High School to Fair Haven, Mill River, Proctor, West Rutland, Burr and Burton Academy and Mount St. Joseph Academy, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Steve Costello with Green Mountain Power, which is coordinating the event. 

Rutland High expects up to three busloads of students to attend the blood drive, while Fair Haven anticipates two buses will bring students to the drive.

At Burr and Burton, Rutland resident Tony Cirelli is leading the internal campaign, with a goal of signing up 75 students, faculty and staff. BBA has turned out 50 students each of the last two years.

Students as young as 16 are eligible to donate blood in Vermont; 16-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring a signed consent form, which can be downloaded at For more information, visit or call 800-RED-CROSS for an appointment. Students are encouraged to sign up through their school coordinators, as special slots have been set aside for the schools so the students can donate together.

Good times.