Joe Hausfeld 100 LTDWhen a police cruiser answers an emergency call and comes sliding to a halt at a crime scene, the officers can thank Joe Hausfeld for helping them get there on time.  It’s Joe’s job to maintain those vehicles when they make pit stops at the Montgomery County maintenance and service department.

Joe also answers the call when it comes to blood donations.  On Dec. 12 he celebrated his milestone 100th lifetime donation at the Dayton Community Blood Center.

“I started when I was working for the City of Kettering garage in ’85,” Joe said. “It was a mobile blood drive back then. For a long time I didn’t donate, then I started coming down here.”

Joe averages six whole blood donations per year and he reached his milestone with his fifth donation of 2018.  He said his “Donor for Life” journey has been inspired by his father, Clarence Hausfeld.

“My dad used to donate a lot,” Joe said. “He was AB negative, and his blood was rare (only point-six percent of the population is blood type AB negative). He got leukemia and wasn’t able to donate anymore.”

Leukemia eventually claimed Clarence’s life, but he left a legacy as a donor. “He worked at United Color Press,” said Joe. “They (CBC) would call him up and say they had someone who needed his blood right now if he could get over here.”

Joe and his wife Rhonda live in Riverside and have been married 18 years and have two daughters, ages 17 and 10.  Their oldest Megan began donating at Carroll High School and now has four lifetime donations.

There is no stopping Joe, and now Megan, on their “Donor for Life” journeys.  At work, Joe will continue making sure the SWAT team vehicle and the police cruisers can stop on a dime.

“When I work on the cop cars it’s a lot of brakes!” he said.


WCHS Unity Blood Drive


WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio – Rivals West Carrollton and Miamisburg High Schools united to help the homeless this holiday season by collaborating on their fifth annual “Unity in the Community” campaign.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between Miamisburg and West Carrollton High Schools, Community Blood Center, and Universal 1 Credit Union.  Both schools host fall blood drives and alternate designating a charity for the $1,000 Unity Award sponsored by Universal 1.

West Carrollton chose Target Dayton Ministries as the 2018 Unity Award recipient and representatives from both schools presented the check to Senior Pastor and directors Mark and Cindi Stevens at halftime of the Dec. 11 Miamisburg-West Carrollton basketball game.

Senior Pastor Mark Stevens said they were surprised by the award and grateful for how it will help their ministry. “We’re serving hot meals six days a week and ministering to the homeless,” he said.  “We feed and save the poor.”

The Stevens have roots in West Carrollton but were inspired to move to the Dayton inner city in 2000 and launch Target Dayton in 2002.  Last year the ministry served more than 45,000 hot meals to the poor and homeless and hosted more than 200 evangelical services.

The Target Dayton choir also performs at local churches. “That’s how I found out about them,” said WCHS blood drive coordinator and Student Council Advisor P.J. Babb.  She said Student Council member Bianca Adams volunteers at Target Dayton and nominated the ministry for the Unity Award.

Kendal Adams (no relation to Bianca) is also a Target Dayton volunteer and vice president of the freshmen class. “After we serve them food we can sit and talk with them,” said Kendal. “We find out where they come from and how they got to the place they are right now.  A lot were in situations with drugs. At Target Dayton they found Christ and they’re back on track.”

Kendal and fellow Student Council members checked in donors and helped in the Donor Café at the Thursday, Dec. 13 WCHS Unity Blood Drive.  The students are familiar with the Unity Campaign and supportive of the choice of Target Dayton. For some, the charity has special meaning.

“I come from a family where my mom was actually in a homeless shelter,” said a senior making her first lifetime donation. “I was in fifth grade. But now she has a home.”

“My mom is a nurse,” said Student Council Vice President Noah Martin, who made his third lifetime donation Thursday. “She says it’s important to keep donating. She donates every eight weeks and she keeps me going.”

Senior Trinity Osterhold wore her bowling team uniform to the blood drive. She made her first lifetime donation, even though it meant sitting out a bowling match.  “Clearly I’m not playing, but that’s OK,” said Trinity. “It’s worth it.”

The West Carrollton Unity blood drive totaled 91 donors, including 61 first-time donors.  Combined with the Nov. 16 Miamisburg High School Unity Blood Drive, the rivals totaled 284 donors, a nearly 16 percent increase from last year’s Unity Campaign.  The total included 187 first-time donors and 218 donations.

“We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to donate,” said Student Council President Jayla Pruitt.

“I of course want to help,” said first-time donor Serenity Speck Weidner. “That’s why I’m here.”

Miamisburg and West Carrollton launched the first Unity Campaign in 2014.  Now eight schools are taking part.

Last year the Miamisburg Student Government continued the tradition of supporting the Care House of Dayton community advocacy center for victims of abuse and neglect.

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Donor Tammy Tollefson with Penguin doll

GREENVILLE, Ohio – Lions and lambs are said to make peace at Christmas time. The Darke County Lions get along fine with plush penguins and puppies, especially at the 23rd annual “Teddy Bears and Friends Blood Drive” Tuesday, Dec. 11 the Greenville Church of the Brethren.

This year the Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville and Pitsburg Lions Clubs raised enough money to purchase 209 stuffed animals for young patients at Wayne HealthCare.  Donors are invited to choose a doll for a child, and sign a gift tag with messages of encouragement.

Plenty of good will was on the way, with 108 donors signing cards. The blood drive totaled 97 whole blood donors and 81 donations, plus 11 platelet and plasma donations.

“I think it’s a puppy,” Ansonia donor Lindsey Newbauer said of her choice for a child. “I like his big soulful eyes!”

An illuminated Nativity scene showed the way for donors to the Greenville Church of the Brethren.  In the Fellowship Hall donor room, Tracy Stacy donated alongside the indoor Nativity. But a lamb was not her choice for a gift doll.

“Actually, it was a cow!” Stacy said. “I try to come here every eight weeks, but this is the first time I’ve donated at this blood drive.”

Sadly, the “Teddy and Friends” blood drive will be the final project for the Greenville Lions Club.  The club is dissolving after 47 years of service and joining the Gettysburg Lions Club.

“I’ve been a member for 45 years, and I’ve been president 13 times,” said outgoing Greenville Lions President Dick Helman. “It was starting to be where we didn’t have enough people to do much of anything. Our youngest member is probably 60 years old. So that’s why we decided to go with Gettysburg and help them out.”

The members will look back with pride on the club’s successes, including 10 years as the top ice cream and milk shake vendor at the Great Darke County Fair.  But they partnered recently with the Gettysburg Lions Club to purchase eye screening equipment for Greenville elementary students, so the merger is already a natural fit.

The growth of platelet and plasma donors has been a success at the blood drive. Ted Mangin made his 121st donation Tuesday. “It was a little different,” Ted said about becoming a platelet donor. “But now I kind of miss it if for any reason I’m not able to do it.”

The Lions and the donors all hope that the parade of stuffed animals from the Church of the Brethren over to Wayne HealthCare will put smiles on children’s faces and help with their healing.

“My kids love penguins. They seem to be happy animals,” said Greenville’s Tammy Tollefson as she signed the tag on a penguin before donating. “Penguins are good with boys and girls, so somebody will like it!”

Darke Co. Lions Teddy check 2018


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Many thanks to members of the senior anatomy class at “DECA,” the Dayton Early College Academy for making a pre-holiday break visit to donate at the Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center.

Teacher Rachel Dearden and STEM Director Tracy Martz organized the visit for about 20 students, most of them seniors.  When the anatomy class made their last visit in 2017 from their home on the University of Dayton campus to the Dayton CBC, all were first-time donors.

DECA hosted a CBC Bloodmobile blood drive last April and have another scheduled for next spring.  The seniors see it as a chance to chalk up the three registrations to donate needed to qualify for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program.

“This year I brought back my senior anatomy students,” said Tracy. “They can get one in and have two or three done.”

However, the very first student to clear screening successfully and make it to the donor room was first-time donor Terra Patrick.  She was inspired by her parents, who are recent college graduates. “It’s something my parents did last year when they both graduated,” said Terra.

Following close behind Terra was Jezene Stephens, another first-time donor. “I’m pretty nervous, I don’t like needles,” admitted Jezene.  Soon they were both posing for pictures with their teacher Rachel Dearden who is a long-time donor.

“What got me motivated is we know about the holidays, that it’s a busy time and you don’t have as many donors,” said Rachel. “We have students who would like to get the Red Cord. We thought, why not do a class blood drive when it’s needed and start working on the Red Cord for graduation.”

Rachel said donations now, followed by donations at their blood drive in April could mean a blossoming of Red Cords for DECA seniors.  She calls it an important gift at holiday time that could become a gift that keeps on giving.

“It’s good to get our kids involved early on,” she said, “and hopefully it becomes a lifelong dedication.”

The DECA visit boosted the Dayton Donor Center to 44 total donors for the day and 29 donations including eight first-time donors.

DECA began in 2003 as a partnership between Dayton Public Schools and the University of Dayton as Ohio’s first early college high school.  It has grown into a network of charter schools that include DECA PREP, DECA Middle School and DECA High.  In 2017 DECA was honored with the Ohio School Innovation Award.

Tracy Martz with Terra Patrick


Fairborn-Stebbins Unity Award 2018

Fairborn and Walter E. Stebbins High Schools are the latest rivals to join forces to help others in the Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Credit Union “Unity in the Community” campaign.

They teamed up to make their first $1,000 Unity Award presentation to the Fairborn FISH Food Pantry at the halftime of their Dec. 7 basketball game.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between CBC, Universal 1 Credit Union and a select group of rival high schools in the region that now includes Fairborn and Stebbins. The rival high schools host CBC blood drives then alternate choosing a charity for the Unity Award.

Fairborn and Stebbins became part of the 2018 Unity in Community campaign by hosting campus blood drives at Fairborn on Feb. 14 and at Stebbins on Feb. 23. They totaled 128 donors, including 82 first-time donors and earned more than 128 hours of community service.

As host of the rival basketball game, Fairborn chose the Fairborn FISH Food Pantry as the 2018 recipients of the $1,000 award sponsored by Universal 1. The FISH Pantry is owned by First Baptist Church of Fairborn.  Last year it assisted 25,000 individuals with the help of local businesses, citizens and churches.


UD donor Katherine Krauss

DAYTON, Ohio – Students marched with determination across the University of Dayton campus, bracing against the gray sky, a chill breeze and snow flurries on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  They have a lot on their minds during the final week of fall classes with exams next week, and then home for the holidays.  Yet many were just as determined to donate at the semester’s final blood drive.

On Tuesday it meant climbing the hill to the Virginia W. Kettering Residence Hall.  UD hosts eight Community Blood Center blood drives during the school year, and “VWK” is the only blood drive not held at the RecPlex.

As students entered the warmth of the residence hall they were greeted by volunteers from the blood drive student sponsor groups: Phi Sigma Rho engineering sorority, the PAVE student organization for preventing sexual violence, and the American Red Cross service club.

“It’s not the best week!” said volunteer Kaylee Hargis, a junior from Cleveland. “I think it’s more stressful than finals week.  But we can’t hold the blood drive any later, because some people only have one or two finals and they’re gone.”

Senior Katherine Krauss made the time to donate to support her Phi Sigma Rho sorority. Sophomore Madison Millhouse from Centerville was encouraged by a friend. Senior Andrew Lynch from Pittsburgh gets regular reminders to donate as a member of the AED pre-med honor society.

Together they totaled 30 donors, including 13 first-time donors and 24 donations.  The Marianist tradition at UD links learning with leadership and service, and for many the blood drive is a chance to help others at holiday time.

UD’s centerpiece holiday charitable event will be the 55th annual “Christmas on Campus” coming up Friday, Dec. 7.  The students will entertain more than 1,000 Dayton Public Schools students under the theme “One Night, One Community.”

“We’re helping out with hot chocolate,” said ARC club volunteer Scott Gorecke, a freshman from Rochester, New York. “We handed out a thousand cups last year.”  Scott got hooked on U.D. on his first visit while in high school. “Everyone loves it when they visit here,” he said.

CBC thanked Tuesday donors with the gift of colorful holiday socks. “I have socks already from the blood drive last year,” said Grace Godard from Akron who made her milestone fifth lifetime donation with CBC.

“For the amount of good it does, it’s really easy,” said Grace. “It makes me happy that I can make a personal impact on someone – just knowing that.  It’s easy for me to come between classes, for an hour out of my day.  It’s good for the impact it has to really help people.”

UD Andrew Lynch holiday socks


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Robert “Bob” Woehrmyer now calls Mason home, but he has lived, worked in sales and donated with Community Blood Center all around the Dayton area and in Richmond, Indiana.  His “Donor for Life” journey took him to the Dayton CBC Donor Center Friday, Nov. 30 to make his milestone 100th lifetime donation.

“I started donating at the company I worked for,” said Bob.  That was Micro Devices, where Bob worked in manufacturing sales and marketing form 1969 to 1983. “I started the annual donation (blood drive), where the van would come around.  The company is no longer there.”

Bob worked for six different companies, marketing all types of manufactured products.  He retired from Hoffco Comet in Richmond, where he would commute from the Miami Valley and often donated at the former Richmond CBC Donor Center.

Bob has three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  His two daughters live out of state, and he moved to Mason to be closer to his son.  He retired in 2005 and likes to stay busy.  “I play a lot of golf and a lot of bridge,” he said.

He also stays committed to donating. “I’ve been very bless with good health to start with,” said Bob. “I just feel it’s a good thing to do.”