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Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- The people in Smith County are opening their hearts to find ways to help victims hurt in the West explosion.

Carter BloodCare is servicing hospitals receiving patients, and over the next couple of weeks, they say they need to replenish that supply used. 

Yvonne Wright is one helping out from afar.

"I have family that are firefighters, and so to hear that a lot of firefighters and first responders were a lot of the injured, you know that hits home," Wright, a Tyler resident, said.

Thursday the Carter BloodCare center in Tyler had calls coming in even before it opened.

"Anytime something of this magnitude happens, it does make a dent in the blood supply," Bob Maudlin, Manager of Regional Relations for East Texas Carter BloodCare, said.

Carter sent 300 units to the Waco area, and says regular donors helped meet demand.

"It's for things like this when tragedy does strike, the blood is there. We have what we need," Maudlin said.

Salvation Army corps around Waco sent 5 trucks with food and supplies, and volunteers, to the disaster area.

The Salvation Army in Tyler is ready in case evacuees need shelter in Smith County.

"Of course we always have emergency shelter that's open," Chantel Millin, Corporate Relations Coordinator for the Salvation Army in Tyler, said.

Carter BloodCare says along with blood, to consider other donations."Platelets and plasma especially are being used in central Texas with the burn victims that were affected by the explosion there," Maudlin said.

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