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GOLM Appeals for Donors

For Immediate Release: Dec. 9, 2015

Contact: Steve Costello - (802) 793-4031

GOLM Appeals for Donors

RUTLAND, VT – Despite strong turnout at the first seven days of the Gift-of-Life Marathon – 12 days of Giving, organizers of the region-wide blood drive today appealed for donors to sign up for the remaining days, when appointments are flagging.

“We are off to a tremendous start, but appointments for many of the remaining days need a boost,” GMP Vice President and organizer Steve Costello said. “The drives have been efficient, productive and fun so far, but we have a lot of appointment slots still unfilled in the coming week.”

The remaining GOLM - 12 Days of Giving drives include:

Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Diamond Run Mall;

Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rutland Elks Club;

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alliance Community Fellowship in Howe Center;

Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fair Haven Union High School;

Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College of St. Joseph gymnasium.

Dozens more people are needed for each of the next four drives, and more than 250 are needed for the final drive on Tuesday.

Catamount Radio’s Terry Jaye, a West Rutland native, was beaming Wednesday as he donated blood in a sea of local residents at the West Rutland Town Hall.

“West Rutlanders have turned out in droves to make this a success, as I knew they would,” Jaye said.  “There is enormous pride in community service here, just as there has been in the GOLM region-wide over the years. I am confident that pride will fuel people to fill the remaining drives with goodwill and blood donations, but we really need people to step up now and make appointments.”

Dave Wolk, president of Castleton University and host of the first day of the drive, echoed that confidence.  

“Once people realize they are needed, they’ll turn out,” Wolk said.  “Well – I’m here to tell you – you are needed!  We need the greater Rutland community to turn out at the remaining drives!”

GOLM donors can do most of their health history before arriving, using the Red Cross’ new RapidPass. RapidPass offers donors a way to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their homes or offices, reducing the time they spend at blood drives by as much as 15 minutes.  It must be done the day of the donation.  More information is available at www.redcrossblood.org.

Appointments may be made for any of the drives by calling 800-RED-CROSS or visiting www.giftoflifemarathon.com.  While supplies last, donors will receive gifts from Casella Waste Management, Castleton University, Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power, Heritage Family Credit Union, Killington Resort, Phoenix Books, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and Thrive Center of the Green Mountains.  The drive is sponsored and organized by GMP, WJJR and Castleton University.