On December 19, 2018

Gift-of-Life Marathon continues for three more days Give blood, save a life this holiday season

Dec. 19-21—RUTLAND—The 2018 annual Gift-of-Life Marathon blood drive continues for three days this week, Dec. 19, 20 and 21. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to give now to ensure that blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Make an appointment or drop-in at the following locations:

Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland, 12-5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21 at College of St. Joseph, 71 Clement Road, Rutland, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

How to donate blood

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, before arrival. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the app.

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