Vt city of Rutland says it set blood drive record

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of Rutland's annual Gift of Life blood drive marathon say the small Vermont city has set a single-day blood collection record.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1eo7wPj) the total collected in Tuesday's blood drive at five locations was 2,337 pints. That beats the previous national record of 1,968 points, held by Manchester, N.H.

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

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