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Blood center in need of blood following blizzard

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

The Rhode Island Blood Center is in serious need of blood.

The blood center lost close to 600 donations as a result of Friday's blizzard and the power outages and now they are reaching out to the public for help.

"We lost two days to the blizzard and a quarter of our state was without power, causing lost blood drives and donation days," said Frank Prosnitz, the Rhode Island Blood Center's communications manager. "Not all power has been restored, jeopardizing some blood drives and certainly diverting donors' attention to their own immediate needs."

Prosnitz said it is essential that the Blood Center replenish supplies in order to avoid any shortages.

The schedule for the Blood Center's donor centers is:

  • Providence, 405 Promenade St., Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Narragansett, 14 Woodruff Ave., Monday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Warwick, 615 Greenwich Ave., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, the Warwick Center is open today (Feb. 11) from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Middletown, 688 Aquidneck Ave., Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Woonsocket, 2168 Diamond Hill Road, Pavilion Plaza, Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A complete list of blood drives is available at www.ribc.org.

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