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American Red Cross behind on blood donations in Vermont

December 19, 2018

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The American Red Cross says it’s struggling to get donations for an annual blood drive in Vermont.

The Rutland Herald reports the Red Cross received 128 pints of blood on the first day of the Gift of Life Marathon at Castleton University last week. Organizers say the total was 22 pints short of the goal. Organizer Steve Costello hopes to make up for the deficit at this week’s drives.

Costello believes fewer people have turned out because there’s not a competitive component to the drive this year. The Red Cross has moved away from single-day blood drives in favor of smaller drives spread out over multiple days.

Red Cross regional spokeswoman Mary Brant says natural disasters have put a strain on the country’s blood supply.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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