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RI Blood Center encourages people to donate blood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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