Summer blood drive draws hundreds

Rutland Herald: Article published Jul 23, 2014
Summer blood drive draws hundreds
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer
The Paramount Theatre hosted the Gift-of-Life Mini-Marathon blood drive Tuesday. 

The event was conceived as a smaller version of the Christmastime blood drive, which set increasingly large records for single-day blood donations, culminating in a national record last year. For this blood drive, organizers said they hoped to meet a 400-pint goal.

Organizer Steve Costello said that while Tuesday’s event was smaller-scale, it was concentrated on a single location and the volume of people through the Paramount would likely be similar to that of the December drive. He also said it was still much bigger than a typical blood drive, which tends to pull in 40-60 donors. The Red Cross has declared it no longer wants to put the resources into such massive drives as the December one, and Costello said organizers will meet with Red Cross officials in the coming weeks about the future of the main Gift-of-Life event.