Unity Award Alter 2018

KETTERING, Ohio – Archbishop Alter High School presented the $1,000 Unity in the Community Award to Diabetes Dayton at the Dec. 21 Alter-Fairmont basketball game. The Knights and Firebirds were rivals on the court, but partners in the fourth annual Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Unity in the Community campaign.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between Archbishop Alter and Fairmont High Schools, CBC and Universal 1 Credit Union.  Both schools host fall blood drives and jointly present a $1,000 award sponsored by Universal 1 to a designated charity.

The Alter and Fairmont blood drives totaled 225 donors, including 106 first-time donors, and resulting in 184 donations.

The schools alternate identifying a charity to receive the award and this year was Alter’s turn to choose. The student sponsor organization for Alter blood drives is the CURE club, a cancer research advocacy and support group.  CURE President Jessie Haaker said the club and Alter blood drive coordinator and school nurse Jeanne Kernan chose Diabetes Dayton, a diabetes support organization.

“Mrs. Kernan’s son has diabetes and my father has it,” said Jessie. “It’s something we volunteer for and support.”   The $1,000 Unity Award will help with education classes, a summer camp and low-cost medical supplies for families in need. “Sometimes it hits families who can’t afford to take care of it,” said Jesse.

First photo:

Back row: Jeanne Kernan( alter coordinator) ;Garret Gallion (Fairmont USB) ;Dan Gouge ( universal 1 Credit Union); Andrew Sarmir; Miles Kelley (both Fairmont USB) ; Tyler Alexander ( principal)

Front row: Mary Cook ( universal 1 Credit Union); Susan McGovern, Diabetes Dayton; Jessie Haeger ,Alter Cure Club and blood drive coordinator; Emma Kane , Emma Pepper, Ashlyn Coleman and Becca Krieger ( Fairmont USB), Donna Teuscher, Community Blood Center.

Second Photo:

Jeanne Kernan, Alter HS nurse and blood drive coordinator; Dan Gouge, Universal 1 Credit Union; Mary Cook, Universal 1 Credit Union; Jessie Haeger, Alter Cure Club and blood drive coordinator; Susan McGovern, Diabetes Dayton.

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Theo Hale WDTN TVOakwood donors Glenn Stoops and Theodore Hale are 57 years apart in age, but share a strong bond as “Donors for Life” and friends for life. They celebrated more milestone donations together Friday, Dec. 28 at the Dayton Blood Center “New Year’s Resolution Party” with Glenn making his 315th lifetime donation, and at just age 19, Theo making his milestone 25th lifetime donation.

It was an extra special donation because both Glenn and Theo were interviewed by WDTN-TV reporter Catherine Ross for her report about the New Year’s Resolution donors.

Glenn talked about becoming a donor after receiving two units of blood during surgery. “I feel it helps people,” he told Catherine. “It doesn’t cost me a thing and it’s a good way to help people.”

Theo is not only a young milestone donor.  He’s also a young platelet and plasma donor. He explained to Catherine why giving platelets is so important.  “It clots the blood,” he said. “You can need some if you’re in a car accident, or even in a bicycle accident. I rode my bike here today.”

Glenn served as Theo’s role model in becoming a donor, and becoming an avid cyclist.  The two have donated together on many occasions, and they have logged hundreds of miles on their bicycles together.

They both look forward to rolling down the road into the year 2019, doing their part to help save lives.

Before hitting the road on his bicycle, Theo shared an apple juice toast in a New Year’s champagne flute with another “Donor for Life” friend Judy LaMusga, who made her 477th lifetime donation.  Judy is CBC’s second-ranked female donor.  She’s been a friend of CBC for decades, but to her Theo stand outs.  “He’s a special donor, a special young man and a very special friend,” she said.

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Sacred Heart Blood Drive volunteers

MCCARTYVILLE, Ohio – The annual Knights of Columbus holiday blood drive at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in McCartyville is always about Christmas miracles, big and small.  The Tuesday, Dec. 18 blood drive – coming one week before Christmas – was brimming with the hope that comes when helping others.

Kelly Schmitmeyer was there as a volunteer, exactly one year after the pulmonary embolism that nearly claimed her life.

Community Blood Center’s Kathy Pleiman was at her post directing the blood drive, less than a month after her husband John suffered a stroke.

For the third consecutive year, Jim Goettemoeller was not there to play Santa. This time, by a small miracle, Jim is playing Santa in Yakima, Washington.

Tom Albers was there in his traditional role as blood drive coordinator for the 19th year, but it’s also his last.

Kelly Schmitmeyer s dad Ray Bornhorst celebrated Kelly’s recovery by making his 99th lifetime donation. “It was pretty scary,” Ray said of Kelly’s collapse last year on the very day she expected to make her 44th lifetime donation at the Sacred Heart blood drive.  “It’s a shame more people don’t donate in some places.  But I think it’s different in the country. More people want to help.”

“Happy birthday Kelly – you’re one year old today,” said Tom as he handed Kelly one of the gifts he brings for all the KOC Ladies Auxiliary volunteers. It was one year ago that Kelly nearly died, but survived thanks to medical care and blood donations.

“One year ago today,” said Kelly who was moved to return to the blood drive as a volunteer. “It makes your appreciate when you see a big crowd like this. It’s pretty much been non-stop.  I talked to someone who was inspired by what he saw and donated for the first time.”

It’s my first time here, said Fort Loramie donor Kay Zumberger.  “A lot of people are on vacation for the day.  I got off at two and came.”

“Congratulations Tom for doing a great job for 20 years!” said platelet donor Paul Luthman as he shook Tom’s hand.

Tom recalled when the Sacred Heart blood drive took place in the church basement and would fall just before Christmas Eve. He believes that rather than a distraction, the timing inspired donors.

“I remember when he had it on Dec. 23. Appointments were way off,” he said. “Then we had 60 or 70 walk-ins.  That was the first year Jim Goettemoeller played Santa.”

Jim is famous for appearing at the blood drive in a Santa suit that looks like it has survived several trips down the chimney. He would gleefully visit donors to hand out candy canes before rolling up his red sleeve and donating.

But for the last two holiday seasons Jim has traveled to the northeast to work as a professional Santa. “Jim is in Yakima, Washington playing Santa this year,” said brother Duane Goettemoeller who donated Tuesday.  “He thought about not going because he misses being here. But he said you know I’ve never been to Yakima. I have to go!”

After 19 years, Tom feels it’s time to hand over the reins of the blood drive sleigh to fellow KOC member David Poeppelman.  David will have the continued support of the volunteers who prepare the traditional Sloppy Joe sandwiches and holiday cookies.  “I feel good about it, said David. “I know people in the community, for volunteering and recruiting.”

To go out in style, Tom made his milestone 200th lifetime donation.

Tom started donating as young man working at Stolle Precision in Sidney. “A couple of guys would go to the blood draws and would ask me to go donate,” he said. “I started going with them and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Discussing his blood drive recruiting with David he said, “It’s like those guys who first asked me to donate all those years ago, said Tom.

Kathy reflected on the miracles that brought Kelly back to life after an embolism a year ago and her husband John’s steady recovery from a Thanksgiving weekend stroke.

It brought back the simply joy of being among friends at another Sacred Heart blood drive.  “We never think about how much time we have left,” Kathy said.

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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!”

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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