Walk-ins encouraged to attend Mini GOLM

Walk-ins encouraged to attend Mini GOLM

Organizers of the Gift-of-Life Summer Mini Marathon Blood Drive are encouraging walk-ins to show up at the Paramount Theatre today to help boost blood donations at the annual drive, which is scheduled to help replenish critically low summer blood supplies.

More than 100 people have scheduled appointments in the past week, increasing scheduled donations to 425 as of Monday morning, but organizers say walk-ins will still be critical to meeting the 400-pint goal.  "Some people will be unable to keep their appointments due to illness, last-minute work, or other unplanned events," said organizer Steve Costello from Green Mountain Power, which sponsors the drive along with WJJR.  “Knowing that, and that on average 6 or 7 percent of presenting donors are deferred for some reason, walk-ins will be really important to the drive's success.”

The Gift-of-Life Summer Mini Marathon will be held Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m.  Appointments may be made as late as 10 a.m. Tuesday by calling 800-RED-CROSS or visiting "If you can make an appointment, we encourage you to do so, but walk-ins will be welcomed as well," Costello said.

Free parking will be available in the downtown Rutland parking garage from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday.