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Vt. Boy Scout organizes blood drive

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PITTSFORD, Vt. -

Colby McKay, 14, thanks and helps donors at a blood drive in Pittsford as if he organized the event. That is because he did.

"It's going to be a really great turnout," he said. "So far, I think we have close to 30 pints of blood. And I hope we can reach our goal, which is 50."

In order to become an Eagle Scout, McKay has to choose and complete a project that will help others. And he says a blood drive can help in many ways.

"I've been to the Gift of Life with my parents and have seen the people come in and out, and I think it takes a lot of leadership and it brings people in the community closer together," he said.

Many people waited in line to donate with helping the community on their mind.

"I saw that the Boy Scouts were doing a blood drive for an Eagle Scout project and I am a former Eagle Scout-- well, still am an Eagle Scout. So, I just wanted to come down and set an example and help out with the community," said Cody Hesse of Pittsford.

Others where there in response to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

"Being so far away you are kind of helpless. I would love to be there and help in other ways, but I figured this is a really important thing, especially with all the injured," said Michael Lowso of Rutland.

The eighth-grader spent countless hours on planning, financing and advertising. It made juggling school and sports difficult.

"It's definitely worth it," he said. "To see all the happy people, all the people that are willing to give blood and save lives-- I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Although it is unlikely the blood from this drive will go to Boston, McKay says he still hopes donors will keep coming through the doors.

"I hope that people do. Because if more blood comes in, then the more lives we will save. And it will go to people that really need it-- and may not live without it," McKay said.

Finding inspiration for those wanting to help in all shapes, sizes and ages.

And McKay's blood drive was a big success. He shattered his goal of 50 pints with 85.

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