Published: Apr 16, 2013 3:38 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 16, 2013 5:04 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Don't let the New York Yankees hat fool you, Ted Jendzejec is a New Englander.

"From Rhode Island, but we're neighbors with Massachusetts," said Jendzejec.

He said he was deeply affected by Monday's bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

"Just tragic, very tragic."

A tragedy that thit the heart of New Englad during their Patriot's Day celebration.

"I don't want to say takes the day off but, yes they take the day off and heads to Massachusetts and participate in Patriots Day activities," said Jendzejec.

Jendzejec himself has taken taken the day off in years past to watch Red Sox games. This year, he spent the holiday in Naples as part of his week-long vacation. But the images he saw unfolding on his television screen, forced him to do something.

"Today's a good day to donate blood so this is what I can do while I'm down here."

And it's something Jendezjec said he never imagined he would be doing while on vacation.

"But this is an emergency."