Ice storms reducing blood donations in Midwest

Storms worsen winter demand

Ice storms reducing blood donations...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Hospitals were already short on blood donations, and the ice storms impacting the Midwest are only making it more difficult to donate.

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin says icy and dangerous travel conditions force blood drives to cancel. According to the center, individual donors are also less likely to keep their donation appointments in this kind of weather.

A local branch supervisor says these storms only make the winter demand even worse.

"It definitely gets lower in the winter because we are battling with, you know, cold and flu season, the weather, and then people are travelling and they just tend not to come in when it's this kind of weather,” said BloodCenter of Wisconsin Branch Operations Supervisor Nick Osowski.

Upcoming blood drives in La Crosse include:

  • January 23 at St. James Catholic Church
  • January 25 at Viterbo
  • January 30 at Mary Mother of the Church Parish
  • February 13 at Gundersen Health System
  • February 14 at Gundersen Health System
  • February 15 at Gundersen Health System

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