As someone whom has been very active with the intense work that goes into a large blood drive, I greatly appreciate hearing how other communities take up the challenge. The community of Rutland, Vermont has well documented their proud story in creating the largest blood drive for the Northern New England Red Cross blood region. With 1,024 donations in one day, this small city beat out mega-cities like Boston that are 35 times the population. To make those numbers, 1 out of every 17 citizens of the community had to show up. How do they do it? Check out the video below!
In Oregon, the largest blood drives tend to be education related (Collegiate and High-school). The largest drive in this region is the four-day Oregon State University blood drive, that brings in over 1,000 units each term… and the next largest drive is the HP Campus blood drive, both in Corvallis (pop. ~56,000). Small communities can definitely show impressive results!