Extra effort for gift of life
As co-organizers of the Gift-of-Life Mini Summer Marathon Blood Drive, we are writing to thank the hundreds of people from throughout the greater Rutland area who donated their time, effort and blood on Tuesday. The drive collected 376 pints of desperately needed blood at a time when the nation is facing a critical shortage and demonstrated once again the spirit of the people of this area.
We especially want to thank those donors who waited through unexpected delays that occurred, and the dozens of volunteers who worked, in some cases for 12 hours or more, to make the drive a success.
The spirit we have seen from the GOLM and Mini GOLM was demonstrated in spades by two stories we heard on Tuesday.
One gentlemen from Tinmouth heard about the drive on the radio and decided to come into Rutland to donate. His truck died in Wallingford, but undeterred, he walked from there to downtown Rutland so he could roll up his sleeve and give the gift of life. We also heard about a couple of Long Trail hikers who learned about the drive, detoured off the trail in Killington and hiked down to the Paramount to donate a pint each.
Those kinds of stories, along with the knowledge that together as a community we are helping to save lives and build bonds, are what drive WJJR and Green Mountain Power to organize and sponsor these events. We canít say thanks enough for the spirit, commitment and, yes, patience, donors exhibited on Tuesday.
Terry Jaye is program manager for Catamount Radio. Steve Costello is a vice president at Green Mountain Power.