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Struggling economy helping to increase plasma donations

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With a struggling economy, many people are looking for creative ways to make a little cash. Dan Strickland is doing his part to help save lives by donating plasma, and that donation reaps a cash reward. Strickland, who is a frequent donor, said, "I come here, it puts fuel in the scooter, and it keeps me going back and forth to work for two weeks." The DCI Biologicals Center serves a unique clientele. People walk in to donate plasma, and on the same day, walk out with cash in hand. Many are using that cash to combat rising gas prices. Donor Thaddeus Gray said, "I'm trying to beat the high price of gas. $3.83 is what I paid last night, so anything I can do to help fill up my tank." Stuart Smith said, "It's a good way for people to do a good deed and make a little money on the side." DCI Biologicals manager, Brooke Leedy said as prices rise on things like food and gas, more and more people show up to donate. To put it simply, plasma is the liquid portion of your blood. Many times it benefits people suffering from immune deficiency disorders. "Some amazing things are done with plasma, and a lot of people could not live normal lives without it, so it is a life saving product," said Leedy. The whole process takes about an hour, including a physical and a screening process. Regular donors can make up to $180 per month, and there are extra incentives for frequent donors. "We have mothers saving for their daughters wedding, and everything you can imagine that you would need extra money for right now in this economy," said Leedy. If you would like to donate and help save some lives, DCI Biologicals is open six days a week in Wilmington. Their hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. You can find more information on their website at DCI Biologicals Wilmington LLC 108 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 762-1665

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The places keep pulling your blood to concentrate the Plasma.

It takes almost 1 hr to get 1 pt. of plasma (providing you are well hydrated) takes many pts of blood to get one pt of Plasma......

How does dci biologicals pay

How does dci biologicals pay you? Because it says no cash on premises..

somebody tell me

"Donor Thaddeus Gray said, "I'm trying to beat the high price of gas. $3.83 is what I paid last night, so anything I can do to help fill up my tank."

Please somebody tell me where gas is $3.83/gallon so i don't head in that direction.

Not an easy way to earn extra cash.

I went to DCI for the first time yesterday. It seemed like a good way to earn some extra cash easily. It ended up being a six and a half hour hassle, for a mere twenty five dollars. The majority of the time you will be stuck in the waiting room, surrounded by thugs with loud obnoxious rap music being played heavily through the speakers in the ceiling or you'll be watching the latest bootleg dvd. After five hours it was finally time to donate plasma... the "ghetto" nurses could barely take their eyes off the tv screen when they were inserting the needle into my arm... it was terrifying. I dont reccommend going here at all.

Great Job

I have been donating plasma since April. I had a question today and needed to look up this site to get their number. I just read the post from the 1st time donor and felt like I needed to write about my experience there.
I have never been treated in any way but respectful. The staff is always friendly and professional. There have been times when I've had to wait for what seems to be a long time but things happen during the donations that are no one's fault. I have been in the back when someone starts to feel bad while donating or having a problem. When this has happened the staff is very concerned and takes very good care of the donor and fix the problem.
Just to let you know I'm a middle class middle aged white woman. As far as the movies, they seem fine to me. But I prefer to bring my own book to read. I highly recommend going here to earn a little extra cash.

I'm glad you wrote this. I'm

I'm glad you wrote this. I'm in your category and have been planning to do it too. I just wish it were closer. I live in N Myrtle, so it's a bit of a drive for only $25. I thought it paid more than that. Unfortunately we don't have anything closer. Still considering it, though.