GLENPOOL, Okla. - Esther Gene Morrison is a happy and healthy 90-year-old, whose joy in life comes from helping others.
She delights in rolling up her sleeves to donate blood, and as The Red Cross has no age maximum on donors as long as they are healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds, she still does.
Esther Gene has been giving blood for a very long time. The Glenpool resident has donated regularly for the more than 30 years she's lived in Oklahoma. Before that, she lived in Iowa, where she -- you guessed it -- was a regular donor as well.
With outbreaks of flu and frigid weather forcing the cancellation of more than 450 scheduled blood drives across the country this season, regular donors like Esther Gene are saving lives, the Tulsa Red Cross' Jan Hale said Friday.
“There is no amount of thanks that we can say," she said. "There’s no amount of gratitude we can show them because quite simply they are the reason we are able to do what we do.”
For Esther Gene, it’s a way to give back to her community.
“A lot people can’t give blood because of various issues with their lives or their health and God has given me this good health for 90 plus years, so I want to share my blood as long as a can,” she said.