As an RTA bus operator, Belmont donor James Hoffman logged thousands of miles without leaving Montgomery County. As a lifelong musician, he’s learned and played songs from around the globe, again without leaving home. On May 3, with his milestone 100th lifetime blood donation, he celebrated helping save the lives of people he will never know.
“My well-being was good and I thought I could do it,” James said as he made his milestone donation at the Dayton Community Blood Center. “I wanted to help my fellow man and it feels good to be able to do that.”
One milestone journey seems to lead to the next for James. He retired in 2003 after 26 years behind the wheel at RTA, driving bus routes from Miamisburg to Huber Heights.
He took up trumpet in the fifth grade and played wind instruments all through grade school and high school. He later studied voice at Sinclair Community College. Music fills his retirement.
“I play instruments in various bands and I’m a member of the Dayton International Singers,” he said. “We’re the voice of the “A World A’Fair” which is coming up May 18-20, so we’ll be singing for that. There’s going to be 37 countries represented this year!”
James also sings with the Bach Society and Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir. His favorite instruments are the bass clarinet and saxophone and he performs with the Kettering Civic Band.
He can’t recall when he first started donating blood, but like his long history with miles and music, he considers it an ongoing journey.
“I’m healthy,” he said. “God has blessed me with good health and I might as well use it for my fellow man.”