PRINCETON W. VA. (WVVA) - COVID-19 did not stop Ramey Automotive from awarding blood donors this year.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, giving blood this year was more important than ever.
Amanda Cash, the account manager for the American Red Cross said she believes seeing this first hand led to more people being willing to donate.
"We've seen a huge turn out, people are just so much more willing this year to try to help save lives just to try to help get this pandemic a little more controlled," said Cash.
The American Red Cross also offered COVID-19 antibody tests this summer, which could have also led to a larger turnout.
While these were all incentives to give blood this summer.
Brandon Tegeler, the donor who won the car, said he was surprised to win because giving blood is something he feels is important and has done for many years.
"I gave blood ever since I was in high school, and every time I could," said Tegeler. "I love to do it plus it saves lives; I didn't even know they were giving away a car."
The car giveaway is something Ramey has done year after year to encourage people to give because of how important it is to the community.
"I mean we see it first hand just how important and how lifesaving [it is] that each pint of blood that we get from each donor splits up into three people that it helps so we see first hand how much people really need blood throughout the summer months without schools," said Cash. "Right now we've really had to rely on our communities just to keep blood in stock for hospitals."
While the Ramey blood drives may be over the red cross is continuining to host drives across the region. To find your nearest drive visit redcrossblood.org.