WBDD 2018

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center will join blood service organizations around the globe in the celebration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14. The 2018 theme focuses on blood donations as an act of solidarity with the slogan, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.”

WBDD is an opportunity to thank blood donors for helping save lives and strongly encourage more people to donate.

CBC is a member of America’s Blood Centers, the nation’s largest network of independent blood centers.

America’s Blood Centers has taken the theme of solidarity to heart this year by securing congressional support for blood donations on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice. U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was severely injured and required several blood transfusions. He credits blood donors for saving his life.

Members of the Republican and Democrat congressional baseball teams have sent a letter to fellow members of Congress encouraging them “to visit their local community blood center during the recess the week after June 14th to learn more about the continuous need for blood donation and to support their life-saving work.”

ABC is helping connect members of congress with their district’s blood centers and offering assistance with arranging visits.

Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) is a regular visitor to CBC because he is a life-long blood donor. He is also an emergency room physician and chairman of the House Health Committee.  In 2017 he introduced House Bill 252 to designate January as “Blood Donor Awareness Month” in Ohio. Gov. John Kasich signed it into law on Feb. 8.

Rep. Huffman will join CBC in a campaign recognizing the first celebration of Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month in January 2019.

The World Health Organization chose the 2018 World Blood Donor Day theme of solidarity to highlight the fundamental values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems. The goal is to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties and a united community.


RPD Officer Aly Tonuc with trophy

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Richmond cops are not just locking up their dominance of the Community Blood Center “Cuffs & Ladders Blood Drive,” they’re throwing away the key!  The Richmond Police and Fire Departments squared off in the 6th annual challenge blood drive Friday, June 8 in the City Council Chambers and the cops claimed victory for the fifth straight year.

The 28-10 margin of victory was a few votes closer than last year, but the RPD continued its dominance of this friendly competition to help save lives. The blood drive totaled 37 donors, including six first-time donors and 33 blood donations.

Fire Chief Jerry Purcell, who has blood lines on both sides of this battle of the badges, admitted crossing the line to vote for the police with his donation.

“It’s the first time I’ve voted for the police,” Chief Purcell said. “My son’s a police officer, and I also have one that’s a firefighter. Our departments get along. We love each other. Really, under this administration we’ve really built a tremendous relationship. It was always good, but especially now.”

The police drew strong support from city employees who have long supported the blood drives at City Hall. “I have a friend on the fire department, but last year I voted for police,” said Scott Alexander from Richmond Infrastructure and Development. “I try to spread my loyalties.”

But City Clerk Karen Chasteen said her loyalties have remained with the firefighters ever since her grandmother’s antique lamp, an heirloom from the 1920’s, started the fire that burned down her home.

“I hate to pick one over the other, I love all these guys,” said Karen. “But the fire department, I’ve seen them in action when my house burned.  I’ve seen them at work and they’re a class act.”

It was fitting that the final donation and final vote of the day came from RPD Officer Aly Tonuc. “We try to recruit people,” Aly said after she finished donating and held the “Cuffs & Ladders” trophy. “A lot of the guys are scared of needles. We say, ‘C’mon! It’s one little stick!’”

With the help of that team spirit the cops stuck it to their rivals once again.  But blood drive coordinator Diane Whitehead called it a win for everyone. She annually recruits her mom and four sisters to donate, including her sister Sarah DiGenova who donated on her birthday.

“I think we had a good turn-out,” said Diane. “The voting is fun. But I don’t really care how it turns out as long as they come and give blood!”

RFD Chief Jerry Purcell