Every day the beds at Talecris Plasma Donation Center are filled. More people wait in the lobby. All for the chance to donate their plasma.
"With the current state of the economy, anything as simple as stopping in for a few hours a day to donate plasma certainly is going be great," says Center Manager Andrew Oliver.
This plasma donation center has been open since May and in an average week 500 people come through. The motivation is money. You can donate twice a week for $55.00. If you add that up, you can make a couple thousand dollars a year.
Troy Furstenberg goes twice a week. He says, "it helps me with groceries when I need it and helps me get back and forth to work on the bus and stuff."
The process is pretty simple. The plasma is removed from your body and collected in a jug. Then, your blood is routed back into your veins. The whole process takes about 45 minutes.
Once it's collected, the plasma is used for medical research and acts as medication for people with certain immune system illnesses.
If you're interested in donating, you can get a physical at Talecris Plasma Donation Center at 625 Dorr Street.