By Megan Melton
“No presents. I just want your blood.”
Susan Ottinger, a librarian at Eagle Elementary, is eagerly awaiting her birthday for one reason: 50 pints of blood for 50 years.
On June 25, her birthday, Ottinger is putting on a blood drive at Salem United Methodist Church in hopes of getting 50 pints of blood donated to the Red Cross.
“For me, giving blood is super, super easy,” Ottinger said. “It is such a no-brainer way to help people. There’s always a need.”
When describing herself, Ottinger used the words “friendly, creative, and helpful.” She hopes the blood drive embodies just the kind of person she strives to be.
“I thought, maybe I could do 50 good deeds for my birthday, but that just seemed like I might not be able to get that all done,” she said. “So instead, I’m going to get people to do the good deed for me.”
Ottinger said that there aren’t many blood drives in Zionsville, but she still tries to donate as much as she can. Every two months, she tries to give blood.
“I think there’s just a lack of opportunity to give blood,” she said. “In Zionsville, I really have to look hard to find a blood drive.”
The Red Cross is helping Ottinger set up the blood drive and will be there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone willing to give blood on Ottinger’s birthday.
“I hope just by reaching out to as many people as I can,” she said, “I’ll hit 50 and maybe even go past 50.”
“I don’t need more stuff,” she added. “I’ve got more than enough, but there’s always a need for blood.”
50th birthday blood drive
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25.
Where: Salem United Methodist Church, 6701 S. 775 E., Zionsville.