For most Americans, giving blood is a once-in-a-while thing, if they even do it all. Barely 5% of Americans donate blood on a regular basis. But the Vermonters in the Rutland area are no ordinary Americans. Nearly 20% of adults in Rutland donate blood regularly. This is due, in part, to the Gift-of-Life Marathon created by CVPS in 2003. In 2011, it became the second-largest community blood drive in U.S. history.

Green Mountain Power employees organize and promote the event with the help of radio partner WJJR. Many donate donate blood or help run the event, which has been described as a giant block party where people also donate blood. In 2012, the Red Cross collected 1,955 pints at the Gift-of-Life Marathon, just shy of the national record of 1969. On Tuesday December 17, Rutland will, once again, go for the national record for a single day blood drive. To learn more, or schedule an appointment check out the Gift-of-Life Marathon web page at:


The Gift-of-Life Marathon team is ready to welcome you to one of our five locations this year. Please choose a location and time that best fits your schedule and book an appointment for December 17. We look forward to seeing you!

Paramount Theatre
30 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
College of St. Joseph Gymnasium
71 Clement Road
Rutland, VT 05701
American Legion
33 Washington Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Holiday Inn
476 Holiday Drive
Rutland, VT 05701
Elks Lodge
44 Pleasant Street
Rutland, VT 05701


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