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Red Cross goes mobile with donation parties

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WINOOSKI, Vt. -

Chris Frenette knows how to celebrate, from the food to the Kenny G pumping on the radio. But what's unique about this party is guests are giving pints, not drinking them.

"It's like, oh boy, we're excited we're having it," said Frenette of the Red Cross.

Frenette doesn't know most of her 12 guests. They were invited here to give blood.

"So we came driving down on the road and it was just a residential home and I was like uhhh, it's a little weird," said Ryan Gentry of Burlington.

The American Red Cross is throwing mini blood drives in people's homes and small businesses. To make it more convenient for people to give blood-- they come to you. Even WCAX's Molly Smith made an appointment for this blood bash.

What once was Frenette's garage is a waiting room; her family room a donation center. Sorry Trixie, no cats allowed.

"Little quirks, especially the flies outside in my garage, we don't want getting into the donor room. We want it as clean as possible," Frenette said.

"Usually blood drives are in school gymnasiums, not someone's house," Gentry said.

And these new small-scale parties come at the perfect time-- when blood donations are down.

"It's the summer months. Schools are closed. We receive about 20 percent through schools," Frenette said.

And no matter where the party or how many people are invited, it's all good.

"I just like it because it's something super easy I can do to help out other people," Gentry said.

"It's saving lives and that's what I'm committed to doing," Frenette said.

The life of the party here is the gift of life.

Click here to find out how you can host your own mini blood drive at your home or business.

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