HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio – It was the final hour of the final high school blood drive of the year and Wayne High wasn’t giving up.

“Blood is still needed at the area hospitals,” the P.A. echoed through the halls and into the parking lot. “C’mon students! Come and help out.”

The Thursday, May 19 blood drive at Wayne High was the last student-only blood drive of 2021-2022 for the Community Blood Center high school blood drive program. It closed out a year that began under the cloud of COVID-19 but finished much nearer to normal.

Wayne hosted the first of three blood drives on Sept. 23, 2021 and it was the biggest high school blood drive of the fall with nearly 100 donors. Wayne’s January blood drive topped 100 donors and the May 19 blood drive rose to 129 donors, 109 donations and 49 first-time donors for 128% of collection goal.

For the year Wayne totaled 332 donors, 269 blood donations and 148 first time donors.

The National Honor Society sponsors all blood drives with co-advisors Rachel Waggoner and Jennifer Ostendors serving as co-coordinators.

“We’ve been nagging them all over the place,” said Jennifer as the donor count reached 129 at Thursday’s blood drive. “It hasn’t been hard to get people to sign up. When we were remote, they had to drive to school to donate.”

“More people are ready to get back to normal, kind of the way it was before,” said Rachel.

Wayne cancelled one blood drive and hosted two others during the 2020-2021 COVID school year and totaled 133 donors.

“It’s definitely because of worrying about getting sick,” said NHS volunteer George Wijbrandus. “People lost some focus on donating blood and focused more on health issues.”

Wayne was determined to host three blood drives this year. When conflicts with the state testing schedule meant cancelling the March blood drive, they rescheduled it for May 19, just a week before the final day of classes.

Rachel said returning to full days of in-person classes has been an adjustment for students. “They struggle with a lot of work and some apathy,” she said. “We’re getting back to where it was. Next year will be even better.”

“For actual learning, you have to be in school,” said first-time donor Matthew Kinsinger. “It’s good to wake up to school because it’s discipline you need for your career.”

“I wanted to donate at the last blood drive in school, but I was in quarantine,” said junior Trennan Lewis, who made his first donation Thursday. “I wanted to start new and continue next year and do all three for my Red Cord.”

Students found inspiration in dedicating the blood drive in memory of Danny Miller, husband of school secretary Deborah Miller, who died in October.  The students signed a large poster at the blood drive to show their support.

“I’m thrilled that they were able to do that,” said Deborah. “He used 10 units of blood when he went into cardiac arrest at the hospital. This meant a lot to me, and it is still needed.”

World events have influenced senior Rabia Dzhafarova, who qualified for the Red Cord Honor Program by making her third lifetime donation Thursday. Rabia was born in Ukraine and came to the U.S. when she was one. She still has family in Russia.

“At first, we were in the COVID, but when I saw I how important it was I started to donate,” said Rabia. “This made me feel like I was part of the community.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine made her feel helpless, but also inspired to act with compassion.

“I feel bad for the people there, it is not a place known for war,” she said. “Giving blood is the first step to giving to the community. When you’re older you can have more to do with the decision making.”


HAMILTON, Ohio – Lt. David Reynolds stayed true to his watch at the Butler County Jail and paid the ultimate price when he died from COVID-19.  His family and the close-knit community of corrections officers and deputies honored his legacy May 6 with the Lt. David Reynolds Memorial Blood Drive.

Reynolds’ widow Becky Reynolds and sons Nathan and Jacob were among the 30 donors who visited the Community Blood Center Bloodmobile at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The blood drive topped 144% of collection goal with 26 donations and 15 first time donors.

Lt. Reynolds died Sept. 30, 2021 after contracting COVID-19 at the jail. “David had seven pints of blood when he was in the hospital,” said Becky. “We are so honored and humbled. David would be so proud and embarrassed probably because of the all the attention!”

Reynolds joined the department in 2001 and rose through the ranks. He was a former member of the Hanover Twp. Fire Department and an ordained minister.

Corrections Specialist Melinda Weddle coordinated the blood drive to coincide with May 1-7 National Corrections Officers Week and said it will now be part of the Sheriff’s Department’s annual observance. “David would have done it for somebody else,” she said.

According to the non-profit group One Voice, 2021 was the deadliest on record for correctional officers with 219 deaths from COVID.

“Throughout the pandemic, they have continued to serve through repeated COVID outbreaks, long hours away from home and chronic short staffing that makes their jobs even more dangerous,” said Lee Saunders, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in announcing Corrections Officers Week. “But they do it to keep our communities and our families safe.”

Becky Reynolds held a tumbler made by Police Wives of Ohio bearing the name of her husband and Butler Co. Deputy Craig Mills, who also died from COVID in September 2021.

Capt. Nick Fischer

“Like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said Corrections Capt. Nick Fischer who donated Friday. “We didn’t miss a day. A lot of places shut down. We had to be here. I’m very proud of my people. COVID didn’t stop us.

“It showed that our staff is brave. Seems like all my staff had it one time or other.”

Corrections Officer Aaron Green had COVID three times. “The first time was right at the beginning, the second time was during the Delta variant,” he said. “Because I had COVID I couldn’t go to David’s funeral.”

“It was huge,” Capt. Fisher said of the loss. “David was loved by everybody. He was a boots-on-the ground type of guy who worked his way up. He was not only a manager and a leader; he was a friend and a spiritual leader to a lot of staff members and performed several of their weddings. This keeps his memory alive.”

Deputy Mike Gutowski and Sgt. Mike Matala were the first to donate because the rest of the day would be spent with the security detail for President Joe Biden’s visit to Hamilton Friday.

“To me it’s a simple, easy thing to do that can save someone’s life,” said Gutowski. “Plus, it supports the blood drive in his memory and helps out people. If we can keep doing this every year – great!”

Jacob Reynolds

Jacob Reynolds first donated at Ross High School and donated Friday in his father’s memory. “It’s certainly a nice thing,” he said. “He needed a lot of blood in the hospital.”

“It’s my first one,” said Jacob’s older brother Nathan Reynolds. “It opens up the opportunity for me to do it a lot more times.”

Nathan Reynolds

Family members wore Bengals Super Bowl “Living the Dream” t-shirts because it was one of David’s favorite sayings.

“Not a single person you run into that would say anything negative about him,” said Becky. “Many of the inmates posted positive things. He would say a murderer looks just like us. He never looked down on anybody and never treated them any different.”

Sheriff Richard Jones with Becky Reynolds.


DAYTON, Ohio – Congratulations to Vandalia donor David Brooks, winner of the Dayton Dragons Tickets Giveaway drawing, the “first pitch prize” in the “Step Up to the Plate Summer Blood Drive” campaign. David is a dedicated platelet donor at the Dayton CBC Donation Center. He entered the Dragons tickets drawing when he made his 86th lifetime donation May 3 at the Dayton CBC.

Everyone who registered to donate May 2 thru May 7 at any CBC mobile blood drive or the Dayton CBC were automatically entered in the drawing to win four tickets and parking passes to the March 19 Dragons vs. Quad Cities River Bandits game at Day Air Ballpark. David was one 1,706 donors who entered the drawing. The campaign resulted 1,472 whole blood, platelet and plasma donations and 262 first time donors.

“That sounds great!” said David when he learned that he had won the tickets. “It’s been a few years,” he said since the last time he saw the Dragons play in person.

David started donating whole blood in 1995 at mobile blood drives that came to the GM plant. He has been donating platelets since 2009 and made 15 donations in the COVID year of 2021. “I know so many people with cancer need platelets,” he said, “and I get to donate every seven days or so.”

Another important cause for David is the May 23 Golf Marathon fundraiser for “Family Promise of Greene County” which provides help to homeless families. “I’m a golfer, I’ve played since I was 16,” said David. He learned about the golf outing from a friend in bible study who is helping organize the event. “It’s 30 golfers playing 100 holes,” he said. “I’ll be playing golf for seven hours!” He has raised $500 in sponsorship money for Family Promise and hopes to raise more. Learn more at http://familypromisegreeneco.org or (937) 372-0705.


Nicholas Trick with photo of his daughters Lydia & Gretchen.

KETTERING, Ohio – “Please accept my donation,” Nicholas Trick wrote in a note to Community Blood Center that included a $500 check. “I am living proof that blood saves lives.”

Nicholas is an O-negative “universal donor” who reached 79 lifetime donations, a pint shy of 10 gallons, at his last donation in 2012.  Today his message is about the many pints of donated blood that gave him a second chance on life during emergency surgery.

Nick will point out that his story begins with what makes his life so worth living. “My beautiful daughters Lydia and Gretchen,” he said. “Please include them in my story because I dragged them downtown and made them wait in refreshment area many times during donations.”

Nick began donating more than 25 years ago and averaged four or five donations per year. But health issues that emerged in 2013 soon meant retiring from donating.

“The first thing was high blood pressure,” he said. “I got turned down a couple of times. In 2021 I had a couple of nose bleeds and needed to see an EMT doctor.

“In October 2021 I had an internal bleed in my GI track. I probably didn’t know about it until it was almost too late. I had several nurses at Kettering Health that came and told me I was lucky to be alive. They said, ‘Someone is looking out for you.’

“They had to replenish my blood because I lost so much. I’m almost embarrassed to say how much. I was in the hospital – I got in Saturday at 3 a.m. and by 9 a.m. I was in surgery to stop the bleeding. I was out of it for a couple of days. I was there almost there a week.”

There were signs of a bleeding disorder in his early childhood.

“As a kid would go to bed and wake up with blood on the pillowcase,” he said. “If a soccer ball hit me on the nose, automatic nosebleed. It was determined by a hematologist that I lacked a clotting agent, I don’t clot when I bleed. I was diagnosed with Von Willebrand disease after I left the hospital.”

Von Willebrand disease is a lifelong bleeding disorder in which your blood doesn’t clot properly. People with the disease have low levels of von Willebrand factor, a protein that helps blood clot, or the protein doesn’t perform as it should.

Nicholas is a small business owner who works seven days a week operating his 20 drive-thru stores around town.

To continue to give back he has volunteered at the St. Albert the Great Parish blood drives.

“I saved lives by handing out juice and cookies!” he said. “Every person there I went up to them and personally thanked them. I told them I’m living proof that giving blood saves lives. I want people to know and it’s time to get younger generation out there donating.

He suggested his monetary donation to CBC could go toward recruiting new donors.

“Let’s try to get young donors,” he said. “You have same people donating over and over, like me back in the day, but try to get the next generation of donors.

“I want to be living proof that blood saves lives. I think most people get that. I’m living proof. If I didn’t get blood donations I wouldn’t be here today.”


DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is joining Blood Centers of America (BCA), America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and Fresenius Kabi in a nationwide campaign to provide blood-collection and transfusion supplies to Ukraine.

Participating BCA and ABC blood centers across the U.S. are hosting blood drives and making financial contributions on behalf of individuals who donate blood, platelets or plasma.  CBC is contributing $25,000 to the relief effort on behalf of CBC donors. CBC welcomes the community to show support by donating. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

“CBC is proud to be able to support Ukraine,” said CBC/CTS COO Diane Wilson. “We can’t directly provide blood, but this partnership means we are helping the injured with transfusion supplies that are desperately needed.”

Additionally, the BCA Foundation is accepting monetary contributions from anyone who is interested in supporting the campaign. The funds raised will go towards providing needed blood collection supplies for the people of Ukraine. To learn more about how to participate please visit  BloodSupplies4Ukraine.com.

“The war in Ukraine has resulted in unnecessary and great suffering including a severe shortage of blood bags and other blood collection supplies that are essential to the immediate care of patients in Ukraine,” said Bill Block, President and CEO of BCA. “Our hope is the collaboration between BCA, ABC and Fresenius Kabi – and the contributions of generous people across America – will help provide relief to those in such great need.”

The goal of the campaign is to raise at least $250,000. Fresenius Kabi will match all qualifying contributions April 18 through June 30 with all proceeds used to purchase and deliver the transfusion items most needed.


CENTERVILLE, Ohio – The 25th annual Officer John Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive on April 27 added to the legacy of a young policeman killed in the line of duty. In special recognition of the milestone, Community Blood Center announced a new alliance to better prepare the region for mass injury events.

CBC has joined 30 blood centers across the nation as a member of BERC, the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps.  CBC is now setting aside units of blood on a rotating “on call” schedule, ready to be shipped immediately to any BERC member after any event with multiple casualties requiring blood transfusions.

Centerville Police officer John Kalaman and Washington Township Firefighter Robert O’Toole were struck by a vehicle and killed Jan. 12, 1998 while responding to an accident on I-675.  Kalaman’s parents John and Paula Kalaman sponsored the first memorial blood drive in 1998 on their son’s April 27 birthday.

Wednesday’s blood drive at the Centerville Police Department totaled 76 donors, including 66 donations and eight first time donors. In its 25-year history, more than 4,474 units of blood have now been donated in Kalaman’s name.


The BERC announcement began with a welcome by John and Paula Kalaman.

“The blood drive is a cause very near and dear to our hearts,” said Paula. “We never imagined it would last this long and have the support of the community that it does. It came about when John was killed at 29 years old and so much good left in him undone. In some sense, we wanted to pick up where he left off.”

The Kalamans believe BERC is in line with their mission of saving lives through blood donations and supporting the public safety community. BERC was founded in 2021 to help blood centers respond to mass injury events with five or more victims requiring transfusions.

CBC Laboratory Services Director Gavin Patch recalled the 2017 Las Vegas shooting were 60 people were killed and 867 injured.

“After the Las Vegas shooting there were six-hour wait lines to donate,” said Patch. “But blood is needed within 24 hours of the injury event. It is great that people came out the next day, but what is truly needed is the blood available on the shelf, blood that is already there.”

“I think BERC is mutual aid,” said City of Dayton Fire Department Emergency Preparedness Coordinator David Gerstner. “Police, fire, EMS, public health, law enforcement; we all depend on each other and we all use mutual aid all the time.

“Trying to get us all working together to be prepared, whether its active shooter incidents, transportation accident, hazardous material incidents – a myriad of things that can cause multiple casualties.”

“The ability to transfuse someone rapidly is vital,” said Dr. Randy Marriott, Medical Director of Premier Health EMS Center of Excellence.

“I’ve been involved in a number of mass casualty incident responses both locally and nationally and that is just a vital component. It doesn’t matter what our skills may be, it doesn’t matter our degree of preparation, if we don’t have the right treatments to perform adequate and rapid life resuscitation.

“All those efforts would be in vain if we did not have the blood in front of us. I want to thank CBC for having the foresight to be part of this program to make our community stronger and make our preparation better.”


The Kalaman blood drive carried on through the pandemic despite a change of location in 2020 and safety restrictions. All traditions resumed this year, including a birthday cake decorated with a Centerville Police badge.

“I donate regularly,” said Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Feehan. “But I always make sure I come to this.”

There were new donors, like CPD Cadets Tatianna Poelking and Kaylee Moreland, both Criminal Justice students at the Warren County Career Center.

There were long-time donors, like retired Dayton firefighter Tad Becker and Dayton FD Lt. Rob Lotz. “We always come to give,” said Rob. “It’s associated with public safety and public service.”

Jake Stone hasn’t missed a Kalaman blood drive since he first started donating at Centerville High in 2012. “It’s a good cause and it brings awareness,” said Jake. “I can see the Kalamans every year and it’s always good to see them.”

There are always donors in uniform, including Centerville Police Chief Matt Brown.

“It’s an important obligation I have and an opportunity I have to keep John’s legacy going,” said Chief Brown. “He made the ultimate sacrifice; his family made that sacrifice. We want to help them out. Our department has been so supportive, our community has been so supportive. We want to keep his name going.”

Centerville officers like Faupo Lauofo, who served with John more than 25 years ago, are especially dedicated to the blood drive.

“We were on the highway together that morning,” said Officer Lauofo. “It was the end of our shift. I left early to see my kids. 25 years. Time marches on. Some things you can never forget.”                                                                                           

“Twenty five years in,” said John Kalaman said about the blood drive in his son’s name. “It’s heartwarming to see the support we get from the donors, the businesses in town, if gives you a good feeling that this is a community that cares.

“It amazes me we’ve gone on this long.  We never gave it a thought about how long it would last. We just kept getting the same number to come and support this drive.

“It’s a birthday present for John. Today is his birthday. He would have been 54 years old. I turned 54 the year he died. Thank you to the people in the community who donate and support blood drives and keep his memory alive.”


DAYTON, Ohio – Troy donor Daniel Davis can put his green thumb to work, and the rest of us are just green with envy! Dan is the winner of the “Giving Comes Naturally” drawing for a $250 Naturehills.com online nursery gift card.

“That’s awesome!” said Dan.  “My wife and I were just talking about planting some stuff so that’s perfect.”

Everyone who registered to donate April 16-23 at any CBC blood drive or the Dayton CBC Donation Center were automatically entered in the drawing.  All were challenged to “be good to Mother Earth and others” in celebration of Earth Day.

Dan entered the drawing when he donated April 20 at First Presbyterian Church in Troy.

Dan started donating in high school and was a Red Cord Honor graduate at Lehman High School. He was one of 1,868 donors who entered the drawing by registering to donate whole blood, platelet or plasma with CBC April 16-23.

“Were settling down in Troy now,” Dan said about the house he and his wife are working to improve.

“We’re kind of doing everything. We moved in here last year and ripped up everything and are looking to plant bushes and maybe flowers. “I’m looking at the website now, and it looks like a lot!”

Congratulations to Dan and happy spring planting!

There were 159 first time donors during the “Giving Comes Naturally” campaign. It’s an indication that new seeds fell on fertile ground this April and will help grow the blood supply of the future.


BROOKVILLE, Ohio – Wayne Wolfe was never shy about standing up during Sunday services at Community United Methodist Church to announce he needed more donors for the church sponsored blood drive. “If they don’t want to hear me talk,” he would say, “they’d better do it.”

Donor always answered his call, helping Wayne build an award-winning monthly Brookville blood drive at Brookhaven Retirement Community that survived the Memorial Day 2019 tornadoes and the move to a new home at the Leiber Center during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now the blood drive survives Wayne as his legacy. He passed away April 26 at the age of 87.

“Wayne was a wonderful coordinator and had such a giving heart,” said Community Blood Center account manager Melinda Frech.  “He was always willing to do whatever he needed to do to make the blood drives in Brookville a success, and he was determined make it to his own 10-gallon donation.  Wayne will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

“Now he is with his wife and he sure did miss her so.”

Wayne taught for 27 years at the Greene County Career Center and moved to Brookville with his wife Judy after the deadly Xenia tornado of 1974.

Wayne was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015 but missed only one blood drive while undergoing chemotherapy.  Five months after his diagnosis, and two days before Christmas 2015, he celebrated his recovery by recruiting family members to donate at the Brookhaven blood drive.

More devasting than his own illness was the loss of Judy in December 2018. They are survived by their four children, 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Wayne returned to donating after beating cancer and in June 2019 made his milestone 80th lifetime donation, the equivalent of 10 gallons of blood.

He dedicated his retirement years to coordinating the Community United Methodist blood drives that began some 23 years ago in the church basement.

“It started out as an Eagle Scout project by the minister’s son,” said Wayne, who was one of the first donors in 1999. “Somehow, I ended up with it, I don’t know how.  Getting all that equipment down to the basement, in the beginning they had to hand carry it down the steps. And no air conditioning.”

The promise of easy access and air conditioning encouraged a change of location to the Brookhaven Retirement Community in 2001 with the church continuing as the sponsor. Brookhaven went on to host six blood drives per year, averaging up to 600 donors per year, before becoming a monthly blood drive in 2019.

His church volunteers baked cookies and served snacks and drinks to donors. Wayne would print small blood drive schedules and glue them to refrigerator magnets to hand out at blood drives.

“I can’t do it myself,” Wayne said about accepting CBC’s Platinum Awards for blood drive excellence. “I think we’ve had an opportunity to do this mainly because of the help I get from members of the church and all the people that show up to donate blood.”

The Memorial Day tornado outbreak of 2019 ravaged Brookville, then COVID-19 arrived like a new storm. With visitation strictly limited at senior care facilities, Brookhaven hosted its final blood drive in March 2020.

Community United Methodist responded by hosting a Bloodmobile blood drive and the search continued for a new indoor site.

“I thought I’d go by the Lieber Center,” said Wayne. “We used to have a Thanksgiving dinner there, and I thought that was an ideal place. I thought we’d go with the mayor. The reason I called him is he’s a blood donor.”

 Mayor Chuck Letner arranged to begin blood drives at the Lieber Center in May 2020 with no rental fee. The April 13 Brookville community blood drive marked two years in the new location.

“Wayne was so helpful,” said CBC account representative Melinda Frech. “Thanks to those people, we never missed a beat. They are just kind people.”


DAYTON, Ohio – Kettering donor and National Donation Hall of Fame 2019 inductee Theo Hale keeps achieving milestones in his early years as a “Donor for Life.”  Friday, April 22 was his final day at Wright State University before graduating next weekend. He stopped by the Dayton CBC to make his milestone 90th lifetime donation before cycling to the bus station, grabbing a bus to WSU, and taking the final exam of his final State Government class.

“This is definitely a big day for me!” said Theo as donated platelets. “My last day is today, I have my last exam, and I walk next Saturday!”

CBC staff celebrated Theo after his donation with a graduation cake and congratulation cards full of good wishes.

Theo loves to set ambitious goal, and no one dares to doubt him. He is absolutely determined to donate 1,000 times during his lifetime. The next big step is his milestone 100th lifetime donation. He hopes to accomplish it prior to leaving for Colorado for a long bicycle tour with his friend and mentor Glenn Stoops.

Glenn is 60 years senior to Theo and has 387 lifetime donations. He inspired Theo to become a donor and to take up cycling.  They have been planning the post-graduation bike ride for two years to celebrate their 10 years of friendship.

“I’m still trying to get 100 by July 26,” said Theo, who hopes to keep a tight schedule of platelet and plasma donations for the next three months. “We leave July 27. I’ll be here 36 hours before we leave for my 100th. I think I’ve got a shot!”

Remember, no one dares to doubt Theo!


DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is calling on the community to “Step Up to the Plate” by giving blood this summer and to “Hit a Double” by donating twice.

CBC needs donors during the challenging summer months. CBC is partnering with the Dayton Dragons for the May 2 through Aug. 27 “Step Up to the Plate and Hit a Double” summer blood drive campaign.

The goal is to invite first-time donors, remind everyone to give blood despite vacation travel and other summer distractions, and to encourage donors when eligible to donate again.

The “Step Up to the Plate” baseball t-shirt is the first donor gift of the campaign. It’s free when you register to donate with CBC May 2 through July 2.  Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

CBC is throwing out the first pitch of the summer campaign with a Dragons ticket giveaway. Register to donate May 2 through May 7 at any CBC mobile blood drive or the Dayton CBC and you’ll be automatically entered in the drawing to win four tickets to the May 19 Dragons game against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Day Air Ballpark.

Donate any time during the summer campaign at any CBC blood drive or the CBC Donor Center and you will be automatically entered in the “Step Up to the Plate and Hit a Double” grand prize drawing.

One lucky donor will win four tickets to the Sept. 3 Cincinnati Reds game against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park and the Cole Swindell concert immediately after the game.

This baseball season Dragons fans will learn more about CBC during Dragons game radio broadcasts and telecasts, on social media, in the Playball program and announcements at Day Air Ballpark. Heater will make appearances for CBC and a special guest of CBC will throw out a first pitch.

The Dragons will host CBC blood drives May 27 and July 22 at Day Air Ballpark with free Dragons gear and special CBC gifts for all registered donors.