Vt. city poised to seek blood drive record

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of a Rutland’s annual Gift of Life blood drive marathon are hoping the small Vermont city will be able to set the single-day blood collection record.

More than 2,000 people have signed up for Tuesday’s Gift-of-Life blood drive marathon.

Organizers are aiming to collect at least 1,969 pints of blood. Manchester, N.H., holds the current record of 1,968 pints collected in a single day.

Numerous blood collection sites have been set up across the community. They’ll be open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The annual Gift-of-Life Marathon has become a holiday phenomenon over the last 10 years, inspiring a documentary, “The Blood in This Town,” breaking New England records three times, and recording the second- and third-largest blood collections in American history.

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