KBC presents first summer giveaway car to blood donor
UPDATE: (WTVQ) – On Friday, the Kentucky Blood Center presented Jeremy Tuel with a 2021 Toyota CHR. It’s one of two cars the center is giving away in its promotion to boost blood donations in the summer.
The center says summer is typically a difficult time for blood donations. However, they say coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and a nationwide blood shortage made donations even more important this year.
Tuel, who works for the county clerk’s office in Somerset says he often gives at a mobile blood drive at his office. For him it all became a routine that began after his wife had a health scare.
“Once my wife had a blood transfusion I realized how important it was to donate. Its something I did very often before then but seeing the importance of it made me start going some more,” explains Tuel.
The Kentucky Blood Center is giving away another car, a 2021 all-wheel drive Toyota Camry to another lucky donor. To find out how to donate and be entered to win the Toyota Camry, click the link here.
JULY 16TH 2021: LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jeremy Tuel of Somerset, is the lucky winner of the first of two cars Kentucky Blood Center is giving away in its Summer Double Feature promotion.
According to the KY Blood Center, Tuel was presented with his prize, a 2021 Toyota C-HR, at KBC’s Beaumont headquarters Friday.
Tuel is a longtime blood donor who works for the county clerk’s office in Somerset.
He often gives at a mobile blood drive at his office, but routinely visits the Somerset donor center to donate as well.
His winning registration occurred on June 8 at the Pulaski County Employees blood drive, according to the KY Blood Center.
According to the KY Blood Center, summer is a difficult time for the blood center typically, and coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and a nationwide blood shortage made summer donations even more important this year.
That’s why KBC decided to give away not one, but two, Toyota vehicles.
The first entry period began May 24 and ran through July 4.
All donors age 18 and older at time of donation were entered to win the C-HR. Donors can donate again this summer (July 5-September 11) to be entered to win the second car – a 2021 all-wheel drive Toyota Camry.
The first drawing consisted of more than 9,500 entries.
Tuel was surprised to receive the call from KBC shortly after the Fourth of July.
“When I received the call from KBC I was a little in shock at first, but then after it all sank in I was grateful and excited,” said Tuel.
Tuel’s motivation for giving blood is extremely personal.
“My wife had to have a blood transfusion several years ago and I realized then how important it is to donate.”
To find out more about KBC or to make your appointment to donate and be entered to win the 2021 Toyota Camry, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775-2522.