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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Gary Smallwood, of Whitley County, donated blood this summer and not only saved a life, but won a new car, too.
Smallwood was one of more than 20,000 donors who gave blood June through August as part of Kentucky Blood Center’s Live Here, Give Here summer promotion. His name was selected in a random computerized drawing, and Smallwood and his wife, Linda, picked up the new vehicle recently at Kentucky Blood Center’s Beaumont location in Lexington.
Smallwood, who works at Whayne Supply Company in Corbin, gave during the company blood drive in August. Corbin is just one of the many places that Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) serves by providing Kentuckians the chance to donate blood and save lives in their communities.
“This summer car giveaway promotion, with generous sponsorship from Toyota on Nicholasville, helped us ensure we had enough blood for Kentucky patients,” said Martha Osborne, KBC’s Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.
Blood donated at KBC blood drives or at KBC donor centers stays in Kentucky to help Kentucky patients who need transfusions, such as cancer patients undergoing treatment, premature infants, accident victims and those with blood disorders.
In addition to numerous daily mobile blood drives like the one at Whayne Supply in Corbin, KBC has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville and Somerset.
KBC, founded in 1968, is the largest independent, full-service, non-profit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky hospitals.