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Red Cross says blood supplies are fine

The local chapter of the American Red Cross says medical officials in the Boston area have sufficient blood supplies to help those injured in the Boston Marathon explosions Monday.

“Thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors, there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs,” Jennifer Franklin of the Red Cross’ Greater Charlotte Chapter says.

Franklin also says the Red Cross “also has the financial resources it needs to support this event right now.”

Franklin says the Red Cross has a long history of helping at the Boston Marathon with its first aid stations. But after the explosions, the Red Cross sent 100 blood units to Boston-area hospitals to help treat the injured.

She says the Red Cross also will bring in additional mental health workers in coming days.

“We know that many people want to help,” Franklin says. “We are asking those who want to help to make an appointment to give blood in the coming weeks and months.”

That can be done by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by going to www.redcrossblood.org.

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