MOORE — When Wayne Covey, Moore, donated blood at the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s event with Bob Moore Auto Group on Aug. 10, he knew it felt good to help others in need. But Covey didn’t imagine the good deed would result in winning a 2013 Dodge Dart SE.
Recently, five finalists randomly chosen from event participants gathered, knowing one would win the new Dodge Dart. They represented hometowns of Sand Springs, Ada, Weatherford, Edmond and Moore, where OBI provides blood to hospital patients. Each selected a key and tried to start the Dart. Covey was the third to try and had the lucky key.
“It’s amazing. I can’t believe it,” he said.
Covey, a Vietnam veteran known as Papaw to his five young grandchildren, has donated blood at the Bob Moore blood drive for the past four years. The grandkids and his wife joined him for the moment, with his granddaughters even coaching him on which key to select from the fish bowl. After winning, Covey promised his grandkids he would take them for a nice, long ride in the new Dart.
Covey was one of 1,101 participants in the 10-hour blood drives held at four Bob Moore Auto Group dealerships. The event marked the ninth year for the “One Day, One Car” blood drives, supported by Bob Moore Auto Group. Of those wanting to give, 902 were eligible that day. Through this event alone, some 2,706 Oklahomans who are in critical need of blood will receive it through the remainder of the summer.