The Coastal Bend Blood Center said events like the one in Boston stand as a sober reminder of the importance of donating blood.

"Unfortunately, many people don't realize the need for blood until it hits close to home. Until there is a tragedy," said Leticia Mondragon of the Coastal Bend Blood Center.

On Wednesday, the Blood Center was at Driscoll Children's Hospital collecting donations.

If you would like to donate, click here to find out where upcoming mobile blood drives will be held.