RI Blood Center encourages people to donate blood

Officials for the Rhode Island Blood Center said Tuesdaythey sent more than 300 units of blood to Boston in the wake of the explosionsat the Boston Marathon, but are encouraging people to donate regularly.

More than 100 people donated blood at the center'sProvidence location.

"I never thought about donating before. I felt reallybadly," said Michael Rodriguez, a first-time donor.

For others, the marathon bombing was a reminder to come inagain.

"It was just awful," said donor Calvin Vy.

So many people wanted to donate Tuesday, the center had toreschedule some people for later.

"We need people to donate on a regular basis and have thatsupply. We need people to come back because people need the blood," said FrankProsnitz of the Rhode Island Blood Center.