By HEATHER STEPHENS
Usually students who donate blood receive a T-shirt or a gift card as a perk, but one lucky student turned a few pints of blood into a brand new car.
Brent Love, 20, an athletic training sophomore from Florence, won a 2013 Toyota Prius from the Kentucky Blood Center’s (KBC) blood drive summer drive, which took place May 17 through Sept. 13.
Love said he has been donating for a while now as often as possible. He said the the most satisfying part about giving blood is knowing that he’s able to save a life, just by donating blood.
“I was very excited,” Love said. “I missed the first call because I was in class, but I called them back, and when they said I won, I didn’t believe her at first, cause you know, who wins those kinds of things?”
Love said he asked the person from the center if she was joking several times because he was in such disbelief.
“My family didn’t believe me either — more than I couldn’t believe it,” Love said. But then they were all extremely excited for me.”
Before the contest, Love had been driving a 1997 Toyota Camry. He gave that car to his grandfather, because he had been looking for a more fuel-efficient car.
When compared to his old ride, Love thinks the Prius is much better. He said his favorite thing about the Prius is the fuel efficiency and the Bluetooth that is able to connect to his phone.
Love said that before he had a Prius, he thought they were neat, but wasn’t sure if he would ever buy one. After having the fortune to receive one, he says he would get another. The Prius is as of yet unnamed, but some suggestions for it have been thrown around.
Debra Bowman, executive director of quality and regulatory affairs with the KBC, said the center plans bigger giveaways for the summer when people are less likely to donate.
“We normally do things to encourage donating, like giving out concert tickets, or T-shirts, or gift cards.” “Our biggest drives are at schools during the school year, so we need a bigger prize to motivate people to come out and donate during the summer.”
The Kentucky Blood Center will be on campus again from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 8 and 9 in the Powell Building.