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Donate Plasma and Earn Money While Saving Lives

Guest post by Mary

One easy way to earn an income is donating plasma. Now, before you all say “EWW!” and stop reading, hear me out…

Yes, I realize that plasma collection centers don’t always have the best reputations. And, for some of them, this reputation is rightfully earned. However, most of them (like the one I work at, for example) certainly do not fall in to this category.

Our donor population, for example, is made up of mostly college students, soldiers, and locals who are simply looking for a way to put extra cash in their pocket while doing something that helps people.

Here are a few things you should know if you are interested in earning a little more money in this way.

It is a perfectly safe process.

Plasma donation is highly regulated by the FDA, as well as several other agencies. (Many of our medical staff employees have told us that we have more regulations than hospitals they have worked at).

When you donate, you only come in contact with sterile supplies. All lancets, sample collecting tools, and supplies for our machines are brand new and thrown away after each use, eliminating any possibility of transmission of a disease.

Now, that being said, there are some people who aren’t not suitable for donating due to health reasons. This is why every donor goes through a screening and physical process consisting of medical history, examination, and testing of a sample of blood.

And, for this reason, it is crucial that you are fully honest with the employees so they can be sure you are a suitable candidate. Also, each center is overseen by a licensed physician and there is always a nurse on site.

You are saving lives.

I mean this quite literally. Plasma is filled with proteins and clotting factors. These can be used to help people with primary immune deficiencies, certain protein deficiencies, clotting disorders, burn victims, babies born with hemolytic disease of the newborn, shock victims, and the list goes on and on.

For most of these conditions, there is absolutely no synthetic substitute for plasma, which is why it is in such demand — these people would either die or have a significantly reduced quality of life without these donations.

The money you earn is worth it.

You go through a screening process and then sit in a bed while you read, watch a movie, or surf the Internet for about an hour and get paid for it. The amount you earn per donation varies by location, company, and the weight of the donor, but our center pays anywhere from $20-$50 per donation, and you can do this twice a week! That is quite a chunk of change in your pocket!

Yes, I know this incoming earning ideas isn’t for everyone; but I really encourage you think beyond rumors you have heard about the process and check it out for yourself, for your own good and for the sake of the people you could be helping.

If you are interested, find a plasma center in your area and check it out.

Because plasma centers are run by separate companies, there is no one good way to find a center in your area. But, if you just run a google search “plasma center in (your town)” you should be able to find one easily if there is one around you.

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  • Melanie says:

    I donated plasma during my last 2 years of college. I hadn’t thought about that in years, but at the time, it was a great way to supplement my extremely meager budget!

  • Beth says:

    Thanks for this post! I can remember my mom sonating Plasma while in nursing school as a single mom. I hadn’t thought about this for years and it is always and option when things get tough. And it does save lives!

  • Vonbeau says:

    A lot of my sons friends donate plasma on a regular basis at the local center here in Fort Collins. It’s a great way for them to earn some extra cash while giving to a great cause. 🙂

  • Kristen says:

    My husband donates his plasma twice a week and he’s had a great experience! He’s using the money he earns from plasma donation to pay cash for finishing his pilot’s license…it really has been a great way for him to set aside money to accomplish this goal without touching our monthly income. The donation center where we live is really great (although the one where we used to live was a little “sketchy”). Definitely would recommend it to other people who are looking for a little extra cash!

  • Mike says:

    Any Plasma donation review sites or anything where people can post about their experiences at specific places?

  • Jennifer Kaiser says:

    I love how random this post is!!! I didn’t know such a thing existed.

  • tara says:

    I used to do this when I was a single gal in the big city. Never had any issues and it was a great way to earn extra cash.

  • Donna says:

    My husband and I have been doing this for 3 years now. We go twice a week, every other week (total of 4 times a month and earn $240). We save the money for our vacations. It has really been a good thing.

  • I have always heard that donating plasma is painful (in comparison to giving blood). Is this true?

    • Beth says:

      I would love to know the same thing Jenae! 🙂

      • amanda says:

        I haven’t done it since college but I don’t think it hurts. After the initial “pinch” feeling. Which isn’t bad either.

    • It isn’t really painful but may sometimes be a little uncomfortable. When you are done donating you are given a solution similar to an IV. The solution is usually room temperature and goes in fairly quickly which would usually bring about some temperature discomfort causing me to shiver while it was being put in. Also, once in a while a technician wouldn’t get the needle “just right” so it was a little uncomfortable while donating. While I no longer donate, I didn’t find anything about the process so uncomfortable what I wouldn’t do it.

    • jamie says:

      I did it quite a bit in college, and I would say that the discomfort is about the same as giving blood.

    • Mandy says:

      It isn’t any more painful (in my opinion) than donating blood. I did it in college for awhile. What I do recall is that the actual donation process takes a good bit longer than your average blood donation.

      • Allison says:

        I agree. I did this just after college and it took about an hour each time (some times longer, and I have huge veins). I no longer have that kind of time!

    • Renee says:

      You might find that the needle size is a little intimidating and its kind of inconvenient to leave your arm wrapped all day. Those are my only complaints. Also while donating you have to squeeze your hand to keep circulation going. But the actual precess is fine. Where I go they have flat screens all over and you get to watch movies. As a single mom/student/worker, its my R&R time! I look forward to it all week!

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post! Earlier this week I set up a first time appointment for Saturday at our local plasma donation center and this article just confirmed my decision. Thanks so much!

  • Kelli says:

    I had to get 8 bags of plasma a couple weeks after my youngest son was born. It definitely saved my life. Yes! Donate! Thanks to everyone who already does.

  • Jennifer Winn says:

    I would just like to say that I am one of those people that have received plasma that helped saved my life. I have had two transplants, and about a year ago went through bad rejection of my transplant. I had to have plasma, and the plasma, along with other means of treatment, saved my transplant. I am happy to say my transplanted organs, kidney and pancreas, are doing just fine now, and I know I would not be in such a good place had someone not donated the plasma I received. That being said, I feel there is nothing wrong in donating to make a little extra money, provided you are healthy enough to do so. Many people such as myself need donators, no matter what the reason is for donating. I have never been able to donate blood or any blood products due to health issues, but I have always wished I could, and am very grateful to those who have.

    • Courtney says:

      So glad you are doing well now! 🙂

    • Tracy says:

      Just curious if you were Type 1 diabetic and recieved the organs? I’m a Type 1 myself, and just curious about getting a new pancreas one day. Also wondering if that is why you weren’t able to donate.


      • SMS says:

        My brother is a kidney/pancreas recipient at age 42. diabetic since age 11. He’s doing well with the transplant. Because he was so young the Dr wanted the transplant instead of dialysis.

  • Christine says:

    I think it is terrible that this is posted on your blog as a way to earn easy income. Regardless of the FDA regulation and how clean the center is, there are still risks associated with donating plasma that are important for people to understand before they just read this and think it is a simple way to make money. I had friends who did this in college who suffered collapsed veins and who cannot donate blood or plasma anymore and they were constantly sick from their immune systems being compromised due to low levels of antibioties in the blood. Donating plasma lowers your hemoglobin levels, which can lead to partial anemia – weakness, fatigue and other problems. My point is not to discourage people from donating. Yes you are saving lives and you should donate. Just don’t do it for the wrong reasons!

    • sri says:

      I totally agree with you..

    • Lisa says:

      I would think though that ANY reputable center would go over the risks prior to donation. I like this post, it’s an unusual and little known way to not only help yourself but help others.

    • sara says:

      It sounds like they were donating too often, before their bodies could regenerate the various blood components. I don’t think it’s entirely fair to blame this on plasma donation centers. There is an element of personal responsibility as well- if it’s making you sick, knock it off. I do appreciate your expression of concern, but I don’t agree.

    • Lara says:

      FYI, you are correct about the antibodies but incorrect about the hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells, not plasma. Since they give you back your red blood cells it means they do not take hemoglobin.

      Plasma is a pale gold in color. During Plasma donation the blood is extracted into a machine where a centrifuge spins to separate the plasma from the red blood cells, and the red blood cells are returned to you.

      You may end up dehydrated from giving fluid (which could lead to nausea), and if you are sick or prone to colds/flus during that season you should not donate – you’ll do everyone a favor if you keep yourself healthy by keeping the antibodies for yourself.

      And you will get cookies and drinks (like gatorade or Hi-C) after you are done donating and before you leave, to re-hydrate you.

      I did this during college and the center I went to paid more if you had antibodies for certain vaccines. They were looking for the HepB vaccine when I did it, and I got a booster shot for the HepB, and then two weeks later I could start donating. I got $80 per visit, and could donate every 2 weeks (enough time for the antibodies to replenish). My friend who referred me got a $50 referral bonus.

      It only took about an hour and a half each time, and it only involved one arm. They hooked up an IV line in my left arm, extracted the blood, spun it out in the machine, and then pumped it back in through the same IV line.

    • SMS says:

      Were they donating too often? Just because you can donate twice a week doesn’t mean that you should. Sounds like they were doing it to often for their bodies to bounce back.

  • JAM says:

    I donated plasma for years but never got paid for it – it was all volunteer – I had no idea you could get paid for doing this.

    • JAM says:

      And to those who asked – it is no more painful than giving blood, other than a needle in each arm. It takes longer, but you can just watch a movie. I did it when I had one child in elementary school and one baby, and a neighbor would watch the baby so it was a treat to lie down for a few hours and watch a movie by myself in the middle of the day!

      • Andrea Bane says:

        It does hurt more than giving blood. The needle is bigger.

      • Diana says:

        I donate platelets once every two weeks for this exact reason. 🙂 In Rhode Island, you can’t get paid for donating but that’s fine with me. It’s like a 2 – 3 hour break every other week!

  • Dee Wolters says:

    My husband did it in college to earn grocery money (this was before we met). Great way to earn $ and help others too. Have not thought about it in years, although my college age daughter and I donate blood regularly. Might check into it.

  • Jessica says:

    My husband has done this off and on for several years. Because the income he earns fluctuates, he donates plasma when he is under income for a certain month; otherwise, he doesn’t go (just because of the time it takes, etc.). He loves doing it in terms of it’s not hard work, but the time can range from just a couple of hours to several hours depending on the center you visit and their procedures for handling donors. I think it’s a great and simple way to earn extra money. We’ve enjoyed vacations, items for our home, dinners out, etc. just because we had money from plasma to do so.

  • Candy says:

    I donated plasma and saved enough money for a trip for my family to Disney! The center was great and so were the employees! I do have tiny veins though and in the end it didn’t work out for a long term ‘side job’. My husband still goes twice a week though!

  • laurie says:

    I does take a little bit of time to donate but it is a worth while cause and you do make some money.

  • Amy says:

    Ive never hears of donating plasma for cash. I donate plasma because i believe its the right thing to do not for income.

    • Renee says:

      I believe it is the right thing to do as well, however I am greatful for the extra money. $55 a week for 2 liters of me seems pretty reasonable. It covers my gas and healthy eating habits necessary to be able to do so. I

  • Lynn says:

    Thanks so much for posting this article Crystal! I never thought about it either because of the bad “reputation” that went with it, but I am here to tell you – both my husband and I do it and it has helped us a bunch! I recommend this highly and where I go – they are very professional!

  • julie says:

    I don’t see why….it is the same as donating blood. You are not “selling” organs 😛

  • Emily says:

    When my husband was let go at his position, we ran into financial hard times and I donated plasma for about 8 months, twice a week before we moved out of state for him to accept another position.

    Maybe it was the time of day that I was going, but I did find that I was among college students looking for their beer money (yes, we talked about it). The plasma center that I donated to had a childcare center and since I didn’t have family to watch my 18 month old while I was donating, I dropped her off there.

    It was very clean and I would still be donating if there was a center that was closer to me now that I live in another state.

    In my opinion, donating plasma DOES hurt a little more than giving blood. It seems to be “sucking” the plasma out and has a sort of pulling feeling on your arms. I never feel that in giving blood. The insides of my elbows were always sore when I was donating, although maybe if you don’t go as often (I was going 2x a week) that doesn’t happen, I’m not sure. All that to say…the soreness was not enough to prevent me from going back.

  • Kiki Bacaro says:

    I used to donate plasma that went specifically to make the Rhogam (sp?) shots and made quite a bit of money doing it. I recently have looked for a place to donate in Miami but have not found one:( I would be interested in doing it again, since I know I have the special antibodies needed to be able to donate for this purpose. And it doesnt hurt any more than donating blood.

    • Courtney says:

      Wow, interesting! I had to get Rhogam injections during my pregnancies because of my AB- blood and I had no clue how those injections were made. Thanks for donating!

  • Amy says:

    My son had 19 transfusions of different blood products during a 6 week ICU stay when he was a newborn. Thanks to all who do this, he would not be alive today without people like you.

  • Karen says:

    A few years ago my husband did this on a regular basis. It really helped us out financially, especially when gas was over $4 a gallon (where it is headed now 🙁 ) and he commutes to work. I tried to do it so we could have extra money for Christmas, but unfortunately I am bit squeamish and I passed out. They asked me nicely to not come back…lol

  • Lizzie says:

    Donating plasma gives you a big ugly thing on your arm. My husband has it inside his elbow. He hasn’t donated for years and it’s still a big ugly lump.

    I don’t donate because I get sick easily and need my plasma! Also my veins collapse easily so it’s just not worth it for me.

  • Andrea Bane says:

    And enjoy the track marks for years to come!

    Seriously. Donating plasma is good. It’s more than good. It’s phenomenal. But suggesting that people do it up to twice a week is absurd. If you want your arms to look like a junkie, then go for it. But be forewarned – the needle they use for plasma is MUCH larger than the needle used for donating blood. My friend donates plasma once a month or so, and has permanent track marks from it. I’ve done it twice and not seen scarring – yet. It’s all about how much that compensation is worth to you. Also, the place I donate to doesn’t pay.

    • Kiki Bacaro says:

      How odd, they always used the same two basic places to poke me so I have two slight indentations in the crook of my right elbow.

    • Lindsey says:

      Agree. I donated around 10 times back in the day and I STILL have the “holes” where the giant needle went. I’m not sure why everyone is likening donating plasma to donating blood? I’m not afraid of needles at all and can definitely attest to the fact that the needle is like 10 regular needles combined and will thus leave scars.

  • Michelle says:

    My best friend donates on a regular basis. I have not really considered it, but maybe it would be more worth it to me from the life saving aspect. Thanks for having the courage to run a post about this. It may not be for everyone, but that does not mean it does not work for some.

  • Susan says:

    My college age son just started donating this week. They have a referral program as well. It will put some money in his pocket which will more than likely go directly into his car’s gas tank. Best of all they are building a facility in our hometown which will open this spring. He said the whole process was not bad at all.

  • I donated plasma in college, and have recently been trying to think of ways to supplement our income while my husband is in law school – I think my husband and I will give this a try this summer. He could study while he was there, and I could get some downtime. Needles hurt, but student loans hurt more!

  • sarah says:

    I don’t consider it donating if you are getting paid for it. That would be selling….

    • Lindsey says:

      I semi-agree with this. I’m pretty postive not many people would donate plasma if they weren’t getting paid and getting paid brings up many a moral dilemma -at least it did for me. And this is coming from a mama with a child with a bleeding disorder (hemophilia) for which plasma products are life-saving. It really is murky water if you ask me and when I did it, I didn’t know whether to feel guilty or good. And in the end, I did it 10 X or less because my heart was in the wrong place and I WAS doing it for the money and trying to appease my guilty conscience by telling myself it was to help ppl like my son.

  • lise says:

    As a registered nurse, I have some misgivings about this idea. I read about the above comment’s collapsed veins, but also I would worry that over time your body may develop scar tissue in the skin located over those veins, so then when IV access is definitely needed in a large vein (whether routinely or in a case of emergency), it will be much harder to obtain and might even be impossible. That concerns me.
    Maybe something to do for a very short time, but not more than that.
    This is just my personal opinion and preference, and what I would advise any patient who asked my opinion.

    • Bi says:

      Thank you for this post. I could not agree more with what

    • B says:

      Thank you for this post. I could not agree more with what
      you have said. After working 35 years in the healthcare field I would not want to put my body at that type of risk.

    • Joanne says:

      Yes well be careful because after years of donating blood my husband now has a nasty nasty! Latex allergy. So bad in fact that he has a horrid “reaction” to certain plants we have on our property.
      Also his veins are messed up!!!

  • Maria says:

    Does anyone know where to donate plasma to a repute place in Houston, Texas (or around the Houston area)? Thanks in advance!

  • DixyAnn says:

    My husband does this twice a week to pay for the various hobbies he is into without dipping into the budget money. He also uses this money to take me on dates, making dates fun without worrying about money. One of the requirements to donate is to have a large enough vein in the antecubital space (crook of elbow). My veins are not large enough, so I cannot donate. My husband also says to eat plenty prior to going and to not drink caffeine before or after. If you don’t like needles this is not for you, they use a 16- 18 gauge needle (the same sized needle used when donating blood).

  • Christine says:

    It is possible the posts where people say they have donated plasma voluntarily have donated blood, not plasma. There is a difference.

  • I had to laugh when I saw your title, but I also did this during my college years. As far as pain, it’s about as painful as donating blood and uses the same type of larger needle. The weirdest part is when, after the machines removes your blood (with the plasma), it puts it back into your body without the plasma. It has cooled at this point, and you can feel the coolness spreading from that point in your body.

    My experiences may be the exception rather than the rule, but I had to stop donating because of bad experiences. The techs that worked on me seemed inexperienced and had to fish around in my right arm for a vein. After coming home more than once with a hematoma (a ball-like bruise under my skin in the bend of my arm) I decided not to go back. Although I had never had any problems before that, every doctor since has had trouble getting blood from my right arm. I’ve started offering up my left arm so that I don’t have to get stuck on both sides while they try to find the veins.

    Like I said, this is probably an exception rather than the rule. I think if you’re going to a legitimate facility and heeding all of their rules and warnings, then you should be fine.

    • Diane says:

      I donated plasma for a couple of years when I was a very poor college student. It is kind of a funny feeling when the cool solution runs back in through the IV, but otherwise it wasn’t uncomfortable. The facility I went to was very clean, and the staff were professional and friendly.

    • lise says:

      I don’t think this is an exception, Jessica, and is one of the concerns I expressed on my earlier comment. :/

  • Michelle M. says:

    I did this for a while about 5-6 years ago when things were tough. It’s not as easy as some are making it out to be, although it is not painful. The main thing is it’s VERY time consuming and both places here in my town are sketchy. I would get there at 6 a.m., and the line would already be wrapped around the building. It would be about a 2-4 hour wait just to be called back to the donation room. Once there, it was about another 60-90 minutes for the donation. The facilities themselves were very clean and run professionally, but the people who were there were often unkempt, smelled poorly, had no teeth at all, etc. I feel so badly saying this, but it’s true. It is no sort of place you would want your kids to be for hours on end. As I said above, it did not hurt, but I found the process to be quite depleting and was exhausted and weak afterwards. I would not be able to do it on back-to-back weeks. Overall, I would say if you are REALLY in a bind financially and have a LOT of free time on your hands and are prepared emotionally for the sorts of people who will be there and have someone to watch your kids, to go ahead and give it a try.

    • melissa says:

      That’s keloid scarring. Some people are prone to this. It’s prevalent in African-Americans. I used to work as a screener at a plasma center and saw plenty of these scars.

  • Mei-Lyn says:

    Are there size/weight requirements for this? With blood donation, I’m right around the weight mark, sometimes under, sometimes over. I imagine that with something like plasma they might want people to be even bigger. Anyone know?

    • Michelle M. says:

      Yes, you do have to be at least a certain weight. I saw thin women being turned away all the time. There is a whole screening process with a slew of possible exclusions one must pass.

    • Renee says:

      At the place I go, the minimum weight is 110 lbs. When in doubt you can always call the facility beforehand to ask 🙂

  • I donate twice a week most weeks. We’ve been using the extra income to eat out so that we can budget my main income toward paying off my student loans. I think we’ll have my student loan paid off by the end of March and will only owe on our mortgage. The only pain I’ve ever felt in relation to donating was a bruise that formed in my upper arm after one donation. My center is currently paying $20 for first weekly visit and $35 for the second.

  • Monica says:

    We did this twice a week in college, I think they gave us $15 a time back then (10 years ago). It was our “go out” money so it was awesome for us as college students! Unfortunately we live no where close to a plasma center but it’s a great way to make extra $ back then! We used to see who could pump the fastest between me & all my girlfriends to get done first 🙂 Oh the memories! (in regards to a previous post about scar tissue, I have a scar on my arm f/ the same injection site that you can see, it never affected anything else, Never had any issues w/ getting IV’s after that. I always used the same arm too…might help to alternate arms)

  • Kayla says:

    I used to donate blood on a regular basis. I tried to do plasma (just donating not earning any money) but my veins couldn’t take the pressure from when they were putting the red blood cells back in. Needless to say, they politely asked me never to try that again.
    The only thing I didn’t really like is that is does scar your arm and veins. I donated blood regularly for 3 years and I still have the scars on my arm. (I’ve been to too many foreign countries for them to take my blood anymore)
    Whether you do it for money or not, it is needed. Many people would not be alive today without it.

  • Heather says:

    But some people do need to sell plasma for money.
    And some people need that plasma to save their lives.

    • Carrie says:

      I think it’s a good thing to do, it does save lives; but if you are getting paid for it, can you really term it “donation”? Just a curiosity: why is blood donated but plasma is paid- anyone know?

  • cary polakowski says:

    I have been donating plasma for about 6 months. I am 55 and I love doing it! It is very relaxing, safe, and worthwhile. The extra income, given through a debit card, comes in handy for my gardening and sewing hobbies. At our center, people are checked for weight(above 110) protein and iron. If the levels are too low, they send you home. It encourages me to eat in a healthy manner. I also just found out that a friend of mine who had a kidney transplant has been receiving plasma. It’s probably not mine but it’s good to know I have helped someone else.

  • Lyndie says:

    I have heard that if you get paid for it, then it can’t be used for medical reasons. Instead, it is used in things such as shampoos and other products. This may not be true, but I would say that it is worth the research prior to donating/selling, especially if places are misleading people to think they are getting paid to help save lives just to get business.

    • katie says:

      Not true. The company I work for makes many life saving products and therapies from plasma collected at centers that pay their donors. The donors are carefully screened and the plasma is also very carefully tested prior to being accepted for use in manufacturing.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I had a very rare complication with my pregnancy called HELLP syndrome and I had to have a plasma transfusion on the way to my C-section and if it wasn’t for the transfusion I probably would have died.
    I think it is great to raise awareness about donating plasma! Paying people to do it is obviously an incentive to get more people to do it. It sounds like it is time consuming, slightly painful for some and possible has health risks so why not compensate people to do it? I’m sure they explain the risks beforehand and they do a healthy screening. I’ve never really thought about donating plasma before (for money or any other reason), but this made me think about it.

  • Jandel says:

    My husband donated in college for date money. Now, we are out of work and plasma money is our grocery money. For him it’s been one way to provide while searching for full time employment.

  • Vanessa says:

    I am thankful there are people who donate. My son is very likely going to be diagnosed with a Primary Immune Deficiency after his next round of blood work in May. His IgG numbers have been going down and are well below normal. To treat this condition, patients receive plasma via IV or sub-q. Thank you to those who donate – it really does save/and or improve lives. We also covet your prayers for complete healing for our son Gabriel. We are so hoping and praying that the Lord will heal him and he will not have to go through this lifetime treatment.

    • katie says:

      If your son does receive the diagnosis, do not despair. Many PID patients find a lot of support and information through organizations like the Immune Deficiency Foundation and the Jeffery Model Foundation. My best to you and your family.

  • Kate says:

    I looked into this a few months back and was so disappointed that there are no centers near me. The closest one was an hour away, and I just don’t see it being worth my time after you factor in gas and wear and tear on your vehicle. Such a shame because we could really use the money!

  • Dawna says:

    I too received blood transfusions after a major hemorrhage giving birth. I received in total 13 liters of blood/blood products. I thank you who give. And my family thanks you 🙂

  • shelley says:

    between dec 10 and dec 14 2011, i received 13 units after having a vein burst in my stomache i had 43 people donated during my stay i think this is a wonderful life saving idea and you can make a llittle something for yourself i thank all that gave and thanks to those who will give

  • Katie B says:

    I donated for my girlfriend’s Mom who had cancer and was undergoing a bone marrow transplant. From what I remember, it doesn’t hurt more than donating blood. It just takes longer. I donated it at the hospital that I worked at. If you live by a hospital, I’d start by calling there. If the operator doesn’t know where to connect you, ask to be connected to where they donate blood…same place usually. It is rewarding in more than one way!

  • laurie says:

    Actually your not selling your plasma that’s illegal. The place you donate at is compensating you for your time.

  • Priscila says:

    My husband and I used to donate plasma twice a week in college! It was pretty painless and an easy way to save money!

  • laura says:

    My husband does this all the time, however not for money, just for being a person with good veins (which I don’t have) and he says if it helps someone I’ll gladly do it on an ongoing basis. Love him:) There are plasma centers who take plasma for different reasons. Many of the ones that are not donation centers and you are paid for uses plasma for other purposes.

    • laura says:

      The difference between non-paid donation centers Paid donation centers: “Most places that take “donations” (also known as Paid donation of your time not for plasma) of plasma are owned by pharmaceutical companies that then turn around and use your “donation” to make huge, almost obscene, amounts of money off of. “

  • candace says:

    ugh….been here done this….NEVER again!!! I’d have to be pretty desparate to need this money!! Glad for those of you who have good places to do it at and nice people help ALOT!!!

  • My now-husband did this before we got married and has done it a few times since. He usually took me and/or another friend along with him (so we could split the gas costs, since the plasma center is 27 miles from where we live). He then used the money primarily for gas, which helped him devote more of his paycheck to tuition – part of the reason he hasn’t taken any student loans since the first semester of his sophomore year (now a senior; will graduate a 5th year senior)! It’s amazing how $40/wk ($20 per donation, 2x per week) can add some flexibility to a super tight budget!

  • Carol says:

    I’ve donated plasma off and on for almost 10 years. It is important to eat right and get plenty of fluids to keep up the levels of protein and iron in your blood. Also it is imperative that you get enough rest. Workers at the center are very concerned that a donor maintain their own health. At times I have really needed the money. I found that a neighbor with M S was supplimented with plasma dirivatives and it made all the difference for her. After talking with her it really hit home as to how much of a difference I was making in the lives of others.

  • Dorothy says:

    There was a point where my husband and I donated our plasma to make ends meet but I can tell you I had the worst experience with it. I followed all the tips on how to avoid getting sick (drinking a lot of water, avoiding fatty foods) but every time I donated I was down for the rest of the day feeling sick to my stomach and dizzy. There was even one day I barely made it to the car before I passed out. My husband never had any problems with it though. I am so grateful we no longer have to do that because it made me miserable.

  • carrie says:

    I had major surgery less than two weeks ago, and I received 5 units of blood, including 2 of plasma. Thank you for this post encouraging donation, as my life is one that was recently saved through this service!!

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