AMVETS - Girl Scouts

Congratulations to Brookville AMVETS post 1789 and local Girl Scouts Troop 32226 for joining forces on a special Saturday morning blood drive!  It was the second year the scouts have volunteered to help with the AMVETS summer blood drive.  Their teamwork helped the Aug. 18 blood drive total 73 donors, including 15 first-time donors and 64 donations for 110 percent of the collection goal.

The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile rolled into the post parking lot bright and early, welcomed by AMVETS members working the grills and the Girl Scouts hosting the long tables of special treats in the Donor Café.

“The AMVETS cooked breakfast sandwiches for the donors and the Girl Scouts supplied the cookies,” said CBC’s Melinda Frech.  “Great food and of course great cookies! Thanks to the awesome ‘grillers’ Steve Hamiel , Troy Rhoads and Gene Mathews and happy birthday to him! A big thanks goes to Girl Scout leader Biffy Nutter and AMVETS blood drive coordinators Brett Wright.”

The scouts served as blood drive hostesses, inviting donors to choose from a selection of cookies, including chocolate chip, oatmeal smoothies, chocolate chip with pecans, Reese’s Pieces, and sugar cookies.

“Great job to our mother and daughter teams,” said Melinda, who gave special thanks to Alaina and Melissa Hinze, Bella and Margaret Bruns and Lori and Kristin Denlinger.

Perhaps the nicest touch the Girl Scouts added to the blood drive was their show of appreciation to the donors.  “They cheered for all the donors as they were finished and getting off of the bus!” said Melinda.

AMVETS Lori, Kristin Denlinger, Ava Brandeberry



Bob Miller 200 LTD

Vandalia donor Robert “Bob” Miller has loved manipulating metal into machine parts since his machine shop days at Vandalia Butler High School.  He has also forged a long career as a “Donor for Life” which now includes his milestone 200th lifetime donation Aug. 16 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.

Bob was co-op student in high school, splitting time between the classroom and the machine shop. After graduation he went straight to full-time work as a machinist, and soon became a blood donor.

“It was around 1972,” he said.  “I was working at a small machine shop in north Dayton and a co-worker was injured in a car accident and they asked folks to donate blood.”

His co-worker survived and Bob remained committed to blood donations. “We had a niece in Children’s Hospital when she was very young,” said Bob. “When we went to visit her, you saw other children in the hospital.  I thought, if they need blood, I can give more.”

Bob became a platelet donor back during the early years of apheresis at CBC.  He stills remember the time-consuming, two-arm procedure.  He continued to also donate whole blood for many years, but has been a consistent platelet and plasma donor since 2004.

He’s battled through a second knee replacement and carpel tunnel surgery this year.  “The human body just wasn’t met for standing on concrete all day,” he said. But he still managed to make eight donations last year and reached his 200th milestone with his third donation of 2018.

He now works at Tenneco, manufacturing shock absorbers and struts for the auto industry. “This is on my way home,” he said of his after-work donation routine.

Bob lost his wife Pat to heart failure eight years ago. He finds comfort in his two daughters and five grandchildren.  He has twin seven-year old grandsons in Miamisburg and it’s a joy to watch their weekend soccer games.

When fall arrives, friends in the stands may notice Bob wearing a new jacket: black, embroidered in red with a salute to his achievement, “Donor for Life – 200 LTD.”


Miami Twp. Big cop

Community Blood Center Bloodmobiles hit the road for the 35th annual National Night Out on Aug. 7 as Huber Heights and Miami Township added blood drives to community celebrations dedicated to the theme of neighbors watching out for neighbors.

It was the second year the Huber Heights Police Department sponsored a Night Out Blood Drive at Wayne High School and the first year for Miami Township Police at the Austin Landing celebration.

“I came to Night Out last year,” said Miami Township donor Angie Hall, who boarded the Bloodmobile with her 11-year old son Roger.  “I thought it was awesome. I was like, O.K. I have to sign up for this!” Roger starts sixth grade on Wednesday, so the Night Out festivities served as their farewell to summer break.

Organizers worried that a forecast of heavy thunderstorms might turn Night Out into a wash out. But skies remained clear and crowds gathered for an evening of food, games, public safety displays and a skydiver landing.

“The whole point of National Night Out is community engagement and what better way to engage in the community than to make that blood donation, because you’re truly giving back,” said Miami Township Police Capt. John Magill, who served as blood drive coordinator.

“I think there are a lot of people who look for ways to give back to the community. I know my phone my rings with people looking for those opportunities to give back. Blood donation is one of those opportunities.”

At Austin Landing crowds cheered as the skydiver landed right on target and children chased behind a police ambassador in a giant inflatable cop costume.

Law enforcement put heavy hardware on display at the Night Out at Wayne High. Neighbors could inspect the Dayton Bomb Squad robot or the imposing tank-like Police Tactical/Rescue vehicle from the Regional Emergency Response Team.

Huber Heights Police Officer Liz Hogue donated on the Bloodmobile before heading back to meet neighbors at the public affairs booth.

“Having the blood drive out here fits in because we’re giving,” said Liz.  “We as first responders are out to save lives, fight crime and keep people safe and donating blood is the same thing.  I’m O negative, a rare blood type, and if I can give to everyone why not donate.”

Organizers say the growth of social media has played an important role in spreading the word about Night Out and encouraging groups to network.  But the benefit is actually meeting face to face at neighborhood block parties and the Night Out events.

With back-to-school looming, many donors saw the Night Out blood drives as a convenient time to give.  The Huber Heights Night Out Blood Drive totaled 30 donors, 26 donations and nine first-time donors for 104 percent of goal.

The new Miami Township Night Out Blood Drive had 17 donors, including Greg Gladman from Centerville.  His wife Erin lost her brother Kevin Newton to lymphoma.  They are friends with lymphoma survivor Robyn Warner and part of the “Remember the Fallen, Fight the War(ner)” team, the top Friends and Family fundraising team at the Dayton Light The Night walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Erin is pregnant and her due date is fast approaching.  For Greg, Night Out was a chance to take time out for donating.  “I’ve been getting a lot of things out of the way before we have our second kid next week!” he said.Night Out Miami Twp.


Battalian Chief David Young voting

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio – Call it a competition so close, it was good to the last blood drop. A late flurry of firefighter-friendly votes avoided a deadlock and gave the Beavercreek Township Fire Department another victory in the fifth annual Beavercreek Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Aug. 6 at Peace Lutheran Church.

The final three donors of the blood drive checked “Fire” on their ballots before dropping them into the fire hydrant cookie jar that serves as the ballot box.  It helped the firefighters edge their rivals 47-43, the closest finish since the Beavercreek Police Department’s only victory in 2016.  It was the firefighter’s fourth win in five years.

“It makes it kind of fun!” Pat Cochran said about the close vote.  Pat organizes the Battle of the Badges with BTFD Auxiliary volunteers and Peace Lutheran Church blood drive coordinator Dan Jessup.  She was happier about the strong turn-out of donors than scoring another win for the fire department.

Their blood drive challenge helped Community Blood Center register 97 donors, including 85 donations and nine first-time donors to reach 101 percent of the collection goal.

“It gives us an opportunity to talk about it. That’s the biggest thing,” said BTFD Chief David Vandenbos who is a regular donor at the Battle of the Badges. “If anything, it gives people a reason to come out. I fall into that category!”

“It’s a great community event to get people out,” said BPD Community Engagement Officer Mark Brown, who greeted donors and colleagues before making his own donation.

“Not only is it a friendly competition with us, but the whole community wins because we get people out and giving blood. It really is a good thing for us to interact with our community, making friends, making contacts in community and getting to know our citizens basically by interacting with them.”

Donors conversed in the Donor Café, eating cookies, donuts and firehouse chili from the BTFD’s annual chili cook-off.  “It’s my mother-in-law’s recipe,” said contest winner Alex Ferguson. “It tastes like Skyline, so it’s something different.”

For the donors, the vote is always a tough choice.  Several donors checked both “Fire” and “Police” on their ballots.   One donor voted for the firefighters and wrote on the ballot, “Saved my house from burning down… Beavercreek Police are nice!”

“I’ve got a brother who is a retired Dayton firefighter and now his son is a firefighter,” said Beavercreek’s Carol Gentry who made her milestone 100th lifetime donation Monday. “I’ve got to go with family.”

“Fire” was an easy choice as well for Beavercreek mom Jaime Jones, who donated with her 10-year old daughter Jordan at her side. “I’m with the fire department because they can’t give me speeding tickets!” she said. “Once is enough!”

BTFD Battalion Chief Dave Young summed it up after chatting over chili with Deputy Chief Scott Dorsten, and visiting Officer Mark Brown as he donated.  “It’s a good competition, and it’s good for the blood drive.”

Jaime Jones, daughter Jordan


Ashley Daniel-Phillips, Tina Daniel, Lisa Ritchey

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio – A blood bond runs deep between Tina Daniel and her sister Lisa Ritchey.  They stood by each other as their husbands received blood transfusions during critical illnesses.  They’ve donated blood together, in support of Lisa’s husband Nadim and in memory of Tina’s husband Ed.  On Aug. 4 they celebrated together the success of the sixth annual Ed Daniel Memorial Blood Drive.

Tina was the first to donate Saturday morning at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Lisa drove from her home in Zanesville to Huber Heights. The blood drive totaled 35 donors, including 30 donations and seven first-time donors for 111 percent of collection goal.

“Who would have thought both of us would have husbands who needed blood?” said Lisa. “You don’t realize it until you’re in need. You don’t realize it how many people have been affected by your donation until you start talking about it.”

Ed Daniel was known as “The Donut King” when he and Tina operated Daniel Donuts stores in Huber Heights and Fairborn.  He received many blood product transfusions during his five-year battle with mantle cell lymphoma.  Before his death in 2013 it was his wish to organize a blood drive as a way to give back.  Tina and her daughters sponsored the first Ed Daniel Memorial Blood Drive in August of 2013.

Lisa’s husband Nadim suffered from an enlarged heart. The left side of his heart became too weak to function and he needed blood during surgery to install a ventricular pump.  He had been on a waiting list for only four months when he received a heart transplant in December of 2016.

“People who have donated have helped Tina’s family and my family because of my husband,” said Lisa. “You never realize how important it is until you need it,” said Tina.

The sisters smiled through their tears as they remembered Ed for his sense of humor and his love of the Cincinnati Reds.  Lisa, Tina and her daughter Ashley all wore the blood drive t-shirt they made with Ed’s name and the Reds logo.  On display was a poster board with photos of friends donating over the years.

“I try to give back and this is a way I can. Every little bit helps,” said Jennifer Passaro, a friend of Tina’s at Southview Hospital.  Tina began working there after Ed’s death. She delivers meals to patients, and offers free books from a special cart named for Ed.

“She does so much for others at the hospital,” said Jennifer. “She goes above and beyond for the patients.”

The final donor of the day was USPS mail carrier Matt Crumley, who called Tina to let her know he was on his way.  Matt grew up with Tina’s daughter Ashley and has donated at every Ed Daniel Memorial Blood Drive.

“There was no way I was going to miss this,” said Matt, who got permission from his supervisor to take a break from his Saturday morning route to donate. “I would have felt terrible if I couldn’t make it. It’s close to my heart to be here for it.”

Matt Crumley with Tina


Allied Health volunteers

DAYTON, Ohio – Fairmont High School in Kettering is the blood drive champion in Community Blood Center’s 15-county region for the second consecutive year. The Firebirds will head back to school this fall as the area’s top high school again in both student blood drive participation and donor loyalty.

CBC traditionally kicks off the new year of high school blood drives by awarding $1,000 High School Leadership Grants in five categories to the highest-achieving high schools from the previous year.

Fairmont was a double grant winner in 2016-2017, and is the repeat winner for 2017-2018 in the same two categories: The top category of “Most Donors” and also the “Red Cord Excellence” category for the highest number of graduates who frequently supported blood drives.

Fairmont’s fall and spring blood drives totaled 416 donors, including 161 first-time donors and 324 donations for 101 percent of collection goals.

Fairmont continued its dominance of the “Red Cord Excellence” category by winning the grant for the third consecutive year. It goes to the school with the most seniors qualifying for the Red Cord Honor program by registering to donate three times or more during their high school years.  Fairmont’s class of 2018 had 119 Red Cord graduates.

Fairmont is the third largest high school in the CBC region, but the remaining grant awards went to three of the region’s smallest schools.

Seton Catholic High School in Richmond added to its blood drive legacy among the smaller schools by winning the grant for “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” for the third consecutive year. Last year 195 percent of eligible students participated in the school’s three blood drives. It marks Seton’s fifth grant award in the last four years.

Houston High School earned the grant for “Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment” with 157 percent participation.  The final grant for “Most Improved” went to Catholic Central High School in Springfield for boosting blood drive support by 103 percent.


In the 2017-2018 school year 116 high schools in CBC’s 15-county region hosted 217 blood drives, totaling 14,030 registrations to donate, 5,945 first-time donors and 11,007 blood donations.

CBC also awarded nearly 2,500 Red Cords to graduating seniors.

“Congratulations to all our grant winners, and special thanks to all our high school blood drive partners,” said CBC Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan. “These students represent the next generation of blood donors. They are outstanding young citizens who are truly making a difference in the lives of patients in their communities and across our region.”


  • Most Donors: Fairmont High School – In 2017-2018 Fairmont’s two blood drives totaled 416 registrations to donate, including 161 first-time donors and 324 donations. Fairmont has now won the “Most Donors” category in back-to-back years after finishing third the previous year.
  • Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Seton Catholic High School – Seton Catholic’s strength in this category increases every year. Students enthusiastically supported the school’s three blood drives in 2017-2018 with participation by 195 percent of eligible enrollment. They won the same category in 2016-2018 with 175 percent, and in 2015-2016 with 152 percent. Seton also won two grants in 2014-2015 for “Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment” and “Most Improved.”
  • Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Houston High School – Houston High School was second only to Seton Catholic High School with 157 percent of its eligible students participating in the school’s two blood drives.
  • Most Improved: Central Catholic High School – Central Catholic hosted two blood drives in 2017-2018 blood and improved by 103 percent over the previous school year.
  • Red Cord Excellence: Fairmont High School – Fairmont earned the CBC grant for Red Cord Excellence for the third consecutive year with 119 graduating seniors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program. Fairmont won the same grant in 2016-2017 with 136 Red Cord graduates, and in 2015-2016 with 81.


  • The CBC/Vectren Creative Scholarship Program for High School Seniors:  This $5,000 scholarship program is supported by a grant from Vectren. It awards $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive. Applicants must be graduating with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Applicants are challenged to create a theme for their high school blood drive and state the theme with a clever and concise campaign slogan. They must explain why the theme will effectively encourage and inspire fellow students to donate (approximately 200 words); and express the theme in an original, artistic and creative marketing campaign. Applicants may choose conventional marketing/recruitment tools, including graphic design, multi-media and social media. They are also encouraged to experiment with innovative and improvisational concepts.  Deadline to submit all application materials is April 20.  New for 2018-2019, seniors can apply online at
  • The Red Cord Honor Program – Students are automatically enrolled in the program when they register to donate at their Red Cord Honor Program participating high school.  They must register to donate at least three times during their high school career to earn a Red Cord, which may be worn at high school honor recognition ceremonies and graduation.  New for 2018-2019, seniors now have until Memorial Day to complete the Red Cord requirement.
  • Blood 101 Education Program – CBC Education Specialist Cristina Pickle is a certified teacher who visits high schools across our 15-county region to educate students about blood science and help them prepare for a successful donation at their high school blood drive.  Her workshops include the basic biology of blood and its usage, the benefits of blood donations, and the life-long value of community service.
  • The LAB – CBC’s “Learning About Blood” mobile classroom is on the move year-round visiting elementary schools and community events.  Families are welcome to step inside the LAB and plunge into a hands-on learning atmosphere that includes interesting and entertaining illustrations of the heart, blood components, and circulatory system at work.  For more information about the Blood Education Program contact Cris Pickle at


Tom Ferdelman 100 LTD

Union donor Thomas “Tom” Ferdelman is truly a “donor for all seasons” who accepts every opportunity to help save lives.  The “Donor for Life” journey to his milestone 100th lifetime donation July 27 at the Dayton Community Blood Center has included whole blood, platelets, plasma, and bone marrow donations.

Tom began donating at mobile blood drives in the Englewood area in 1999.  “I just decided to do it,” he said. “I figured someone needs it. “We’ve got two guys at work right now that are off with cancer. Someone always needs blood, and someone always needs platelets.”

Tom has worked at Frito-Lay in Dayton for 29 years. He made his first plasma donation at the Dayton CBC in 2008, and his first platelet donation in 2011.  He is well aware of the vital need for platelets for the treatment of cancer patients.

“My mom passed away from leukemia four years ago,” Tom said.

Tom averages about six donations per year.  He donates platelets and plasma at least twice a year at the Dayton CBC, and donates at the Ginghamsburg Church blood drive once a year. He reached his milestone 100th donation by donating whole blood.  It was his fourth donation of 2018, which has included two apheresis donations.

Tom volunteered for the bone marrow donation registry about 10 years ago was matched with a patient in need of a transplant. He donated through the centrifugation method. He received injections of a medication that draws more stem cells from the bone marrow into the blood.  He then donated the cells through apheresis.

“It was about a six-hour centrifuge process at a center in Washington, D.C.,” said Tom. His blood donations have commonly helped patients across the Miami Valley, but this donation was soon on an international flight. “I know mine went to a guy in Ireland,” he said.