A life-saving milestone

Forty years ago, Greg Clouse saw a sign for a blood drive and gave his first blood donation at First Lutheran Church. Wednesday, he donated his 100th pint during a collection at his place of work, Toledo Mold and Die in Tiffin.

Carl Pastorella, human resources manager at TMD, said the company has been hosting quarterly blood drives for about the past six years. Donna Lambert, who does accounting and payroll, also coordinates the blood drives.

Employees are given an hour to donate blood, and most go back to work after. Pastorella said they try to schedule the collection during hours that are accessible for employees on all three shifts.

“We actually have employees that come in off-shift to donate because they’re pretty dedicated donors to our drives,” Pastorella said. “Carol Dell is wonderful to work with.”

When Clouse walked into the donation room wearing his favorite Ohio State ball cap, the nurses applauded Wednesday. He had brought his own camera and made a special sign for the occasion: “40 years = 100 pints.”

“I figure it’s easy. It’s an hour out of my day – no big deal,” Clouse said.

Nurse Sherry Labeau was the blood worker with the task of tending to Clouse. She said donors, especially high school students, like to have photos of their first blood donation to post on social media. That also can inspire other teens to do the same, she said.