Kim, a Rutland resident, said that "when I had my baby, I received a needed blood transfusion. So, now it's my time to give back." Kim's sentiment was audible throughout the cavernous theatre space.
As a "thank you" for the donor's personal time and blood, participants received a bag of goodies provided by several local businesses.
How did Rutland donors do in reaching the New England record-setting goal of 1,000 pints collected? The final pint count reached 1,024.
By beating the drive's 1,000-pint goal, Steve Costello, CVPS spokesman, and Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras both received Mohawk-style haircuts courtesy of Mazzariello's of Star Barber; both men kept their end of a compact they had announced last week; it served as a challenge to the community.
While the American Red Cross of Northern New England was thrilled with last week's Gift of Life Marathon in Rutland, it also provided an urgent reminder: "The need for blood donations is constant."
To learn more about how to donate blood in Rutland County, contact the Red Cross at 658-6400.