Good timing for inaugural blood drive at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston

WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) The heavy snow in Central Wisconsin is impacting just about everyone, blood donors included. That's why the Community Blood Center's inaugural blood drive at Ascension St. Clare's Hospital in Weston is coming at the right time.

The Appleton-based non-profit organization has experienced a big drop in blood donations over the past two weeks. Several blood drives have been cancelled due to winter storms.

With several inches of snow falling on Sunday and another big storm predicted on Tuesday, conditions were favorable for donors to come out to Monday's blood drive.

"The winter weather has been crazy and it has been particularly brutal for blood collection efforts and for the last couple weeks, we've only been able to collect about 50-percent of what we normally are able to collect, which has made the blood supply a bit of a challenge to maintain," said Kristine Belanger, vice president of donor services for the Community Blood Center.

Monday's blood drive in Weston is the second blood drive to be held at an Ascension hospital in central Wisconsin since the beginning of February. The first was held at Ascension St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point on Feb. 1.

The Community Blood Center and Ascension have formed a new partnership that will bring blood drives to St. Michael's and St. Clare's every other month.

The Community Blood Center has dedicated blood collection centers in Appleton, Oshkosh, Little Chute, and Woodruff.