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Vt. city to try again to break blood drive record

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Organizers of a Vermont effort to set a national one-day record blood drive in the city of Rutland are going to try again.

The Gift of Life Marathon plans to add a fifth collection site in Rutland and include Red Cross workers from New York during the drive, planned for Dec. 17.

The drive is organized by Green Mountain Power and local radio station WJJR.

Organizers are hoping to break the one-day collection record of 1,968 pints, currently held by Manchester, N.H.

In 2003, its first year, the Gift of Life Marathon, collected 368 pints. Last year it collected 1,955 pints, 13 short of tying the record.

Green Mountain Power Vice President Steve Costello says breaking the record will "take a huge collective effort."

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