DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - A birthday is often a celebration revolving around one person. But a Decatur woman turned her special day into a public service effort to save lives.
"It is my birthday celebration but really it's just the tool to use to get the people to come out," said Angeleck Williams. All she wants for her birthday is blood...from 44 people to represent each year of her life. A Life South bloodmobile was parked outside the birthday girl's downtown Decatur workplace. Workers from the blood bank say her birthday drive has brought in double the amount of donors they see on an average day.
"Every year she likes to have the Bloodmobile come out, and that's how she spends her birthday, giving back to other people," said Melanie Wallace, who goes to church with Williams. Wallace says Williams is one of the most unselfish people she knows.
It's the third year of Angeleck's birthday blood drive, and she said the ultimate gift is being able to share with others. She says that she is lucky to have coworkers that have allowed her selfless celebration to take over the workplace three years in a row -- and even luckier to have friends, colleagues, and even strangers willing to help her cause.
"To see that they're willing to roll up their sleeves and do something that most people just don't want to do, and they're willing to do it on my special day, it just makes me feel so good," said Williams, who says the best gift is the thought of inspiring other people to orchestrate a blood drive of their own.