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Donating Blood for Money

Updated on October 30, 2011

when you donate blood you are actually donating plasma

donating blood for money is a simple and easy process.
donating blood for money is a simple and easy process. | Source

donate your blood for money

Blood donations are a wonderful way to give back to the community. Every moment of the day someone will need blood somewhere. That blood is crucial for many people in a life or death situation and because you donated you have made a difference.

You are basically donating the plasma portion of your blood when you donate. If you decide to make a blood donation, you are certainly a very special person. If you happen to be an individual that has a rare blood type, AB, it’s even better. There is no substitute for blood. In addition to helping those in need you can also receive a monetary reimbursement for donating your blood or donate your blood for money.

Most cities have a blood plasma center or two that will pay you to donate your blood. Donating blood for money is a great way to help your community as well as get paid for your services. You can go back multiple times for blood donations for money and each site will provide you with the details of giving blood more than once and what your cash payments will be.

Where is the plasma center?

Find your local plasma or blood donation center. This is a link to the over 300 blood donation centers we have nationwide.

If this is your first visit to the blood plasma center you should be prepared to spend most of the day at facility in order to donate. In addition, it’s best to find out what the qualifications are for donating blood before making your first visit. If you are not sure about what qualifies you to donate blood, ask who is excluded or prevented from donating blood for money.

How much will I be paid for my donation?

After locating the plasma center, contact the center by phone. You will need to ask the requirements they have for donors and the exclusions, hours of operation and how much you can expect to be paid. Do you need any specific forms of identification? How long can you expect the entire process to take?

Many people have advised they make up to $200.00 a month donating blood for money. However, different plasma centers have various guidelines they follow which is why it’s important to ask questions about donating blood for money when you contact them.

Some centers will pay on the first visit and some will wait until after you have donated several times. Some will pay a set fee for the first visits, such as $50 and each subsequent visit is $40. Many will encourage donations free of charge.

If you would like to donate free of charge you can donate at a blood drive. These are generally organized by a company or organization several times per year. Don’t expect any payment if you donate your blood through a blood drive.

According the American Red Cross the need is constant and the gratification you feel from donating blood is instant.


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      iain-mars 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      We can't sell blood in the UK but I think if we could then there would be a lot more donors! I donate my blood and have done so for over 10 years. It's a great feeling knowing that you're helping someone.

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      Athletics12 6 years ago from Dallas

      Very good hub, I have been donating plasma for years now. I make $60 a week by donating about 3 to 4 hours a week. It's a great feeling to help those in need and make some gas money during these crazy gas priced days.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      My sons donate blood regularly, especially my younger son. He also was selling his plasma 2/week to help with gas & food money in college. He wasn't getting a lot, only about $50 /week. But he hasn't been able to for a while. His pulse was high once when he went to donate and so they wouldn't let him until he got an all clear from a dr which he hasn't had a chance to get it. I can't give blood b/c I'm always too low in iron. But I'm glad my kids do

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      tamron 6 years ago

      That is one way to make money with your body! Great hub! Vote up! Stumble Ya

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      Msnancy 6 years ago from Currently in Nevada

      I was a little scared to give blood for reasons of HIV/ AIDs, but after reading your hub and the way giving Plasma can help the community has swayed my thoughts alot. Thanks for the great information!

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      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      What a loving Hub! Thank you! Time to start donating blood again! GREAT idea! Blessings, Earth Angel!

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I have a story for 'ya. In July, I started donating at the local plasma center to make ends meet. The $55 a week I make keeps my gas tank and my tank filled.

      But a few months ago, a friend had premature twins and they needed some blood products, some of which may have been plasma-derived.

      Made me feel good to think that what I do helps someone other than me.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web


      thank you so much for providing all of that wonderful information.

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      Jennifer McLeod 6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      I worked at a plasma center 15 years ago as a phlebotomist. When plasma is donated, there is only a small amount of lost red blood cells. Where I live, people do not get paid do donate blood, only plasma. Red blood cells take up to 8 weeks to regenerate, but plasma only takes 24-48 hours. Plasma donations could be made two times in a 7 day period, with at least 2 days between donations.

      Also, red blood cells can be transfused, whereas plasma is used for multiple purposes like medication for burn victims, patients with hemophilia and immune system deficiencies, and vaccinations.