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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