Harlan, Indiana resident Elsie Love turns 92 in November 2020 and per passion is helping people. After a long career of more than 20 years at Love’s Meat Market and decades working in cafeterias and driving the Amish, now in retirement she spends her days supporting charitable causes. She is a member of the Harlan Lions Club and the Harlan United Methodist Church where she volunteers in the food pantry. In her free time she loves reading adventure books.
Elsie is also an O positive blood and platelet donor with the American Red Cross. She first donated blood in 1963 after a tornado brought devastation and she heard the Red Cross asking for blood donations. “I wanted to donate because I knew it could help people,” she said. Giving blood became a regular habit for Elsie after that.
In 2007 she tried giving platelets for the first time. She quickly became a familiar face at the Red Cross Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, regularly donating platelets about once per month.
In time Elise saw how important blood donations are firsthand. Her own daughter received transfusions as part of a back surgery, and later her daughter needed transfusions again during cancer treatments.
To Elsie, giving blood is a way to give back, and she encourages others to donate as well. “At least try donating,” Elsie said. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You may be a little tired after donating, just drink plenty of water afterwards.”
Elise has become a top donor in the area, having given 19 gallons and two pints so far! She proudly wears her 19-gallon donor pin she received from the Red Cross as a way to encourage more people to donate. She wants people to know that if she can do it, so can they.