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Mini gift-of-life marathon falls short of goal

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RUTLAND CITY, Vt. -

A summer blood drive in Rutland fell just short of its goal of 400 pints on Tuesday.

The daylong blood drive at the Paramount Theatre collected 382 pints, in an effort to replenish blood banks that are seeing a drop in donors during the summer months.

Organizers say more than 500 people showed up to donate, but they had to turn many of them away, and they suspect the heat has something to do with it.

They say this is just the warmup for the "Gift of Life" marathon in December, where they hope to break the record for a single-day blood drive.

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