Piqua’s Ed Ellis gives 100th blood donation

For the Miami Valley Today

DAYTON — Ohio’s Hospice chaplain Ed Ellis reached his milestone 100th lifetime donation March 10 donating in his hometown at the Piqua Baptist Church blood drive.

Ellis averages six donations per year, donating whole blood as soon as eligible at Community Blood Center blood drives. The Piqua Baptist Church blood drive is his favorite place to donate.

Ellis has donated regularly throughout the pandemic, including donations of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma after recovering from COVID-19. He made four CCP donations from December of 2020 through January 2021.

“I’ve been donating since college and with Community Blood Center since the ‘90’s but I started in 1980 at Bowling Green State,” Ellis said. “It helps to fill out a schedule and sign up for the next time,” Ed said about the routine that kept him on track toward his milestone and why he is dedicated to being a Donor for Life. “I work in Hospice. I know how important blood is.”