Month: February 2018
Hair Donation Information, The Well – s War Against Cancer, hair donations 6 inches.#Hair
Hair Donation Information
We help people living with cancer find wigs and other types of head wear when they lose their hair as a result of cancer treatment. Although we are not involved in the collection of hair or the production of wigs, we get many questions from people who want to donate their hair. If you are thinking about donating your hair, please follow these instructions.
How to prepare your hair
The following applies to all hair donations:
· Hair must be clean, dry and not swept off the floor
· Hair must be a minimum length. This varies based on a specific hair donation program’s requirements. Check the list below.
· In most cases hair should not be chemically treated (bleach, colour or perm). Check the hair donation program requirements listed below
· Hair should be bundled in a ponytail at both ends or a braid
Sending your hair
· Hair should be sent by regular mail to the hair donation program of your choice
· Remember to include your name and address as acknowledgements may be sent
· It takes approximately 12 donations of unprocessed hair and costs about $1,200 to craft a single hand-sewn wig for a child, so it’s not possible to find out who received a wig made with your hair. If the donated hair cannot be used, it will not be returned to the donor.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
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Etobicoke Station B, ON M9W 5L4
Minimum requirements: length – 8 inches. Visit www.beautifullengths.ca for hair guidelines and cutting instructions, as well as a free eLabel to cover the cost of postage if mailed in Canada.
950 West Broadway, Unit 107
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1K7
Hair donations will be accepted by mail only. Minimum requirement: length – 8 inches (20 cm), do not braid
Havana Technical Hair Design
Hair donations will be accepted by regular mail only. Minimum requirement: length – 9 inches (23cm), do not braid
Minimum requirement: length – 6 inches (13cm)
For those who can not attend our Fundraising Events, donations to the Well s War Against Cancer can be made online here.
How to Donate Hair
How to prepare your hair. The following applies to all hair donations:
Hair must be clean, dry and not swept off the floor.
Hair must be a minimum 8 inches in length.
Hair should be bundled in a ponytail at both ends or a braid.
Hair should be sent by regular mail.
remember to include your name and address for acknowledgements.
The cut is important. How to make the cut.
Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches long (measure hair from just above the elastic band of the ponytail to the ends).
Wavy/curly hair texture — you may straighten hair to measure.
Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry.
All hair is welcome including coloured and grey hair. It must be a minimum of 8 inches in length. If you are donating your hair , please follow these instructions:
Gather hair at the nape of the neck.
Create 2-4 ponytails with an elastic band. Ensure the band is tight around the hair to keep the hair together after cutting. If the hair comes out of the band, it will not be usable. A second hair band can be placed around the middle of the ponytail to help keep the hair together.
Ensure that the elastic band is just below where you want to cut your hair.
360 Hair (Hair Donations)
360 Hair 100% pro bono work 100% voluntarily work without payment as public service.
Acknowledgment certificate mailed month of January. If verification needed please have hair package mailed singed for.
Wigs for cancer patients (19 yrs and under).
We encourage you to consider sending your hair to 360 Hair as a meaningful way to support someone on their cancer journey. We will prepare and package your hair as per the programs regulations and submit on your behalf.
Please contact us by e-mail if you have a question about the donation program.
American Mathematical Society
AMS Book Donation Program
The AMS Book Donation Program matches donors of certain types of mathematical materials with recipient institutions or libraries in currency-poor or developing countries where there is a need for mathematical research literature. Potential donors notify the AMS of their available donations, which are then (if suitable) listed on this website. Potential recipients from eligible countries can browse the list of available items and apply to the AMS for the materials (in extraordinary cases, applications made from within the U.S. and Canada might be approved). If a match is made, the donor will then be notified with instructions on shipping directly to the recipient. Shipments are never made to the AMS. The donor packs the materials (if possible), schedules the pick-up and the international shipping by a suitable shipper, pays the shipping bill, and is reimbursed by the AMS for the shipping costs.
- Potential donors: As of January 2013, the AMS is no longer accepting journal donations.
- Potential recipient institutions: Please see the list of currently available materials.
Questions should be sent to the AMS Professional Programs Department at 800-321-4267, ext. 4096, or [email protected]
Making Book Donations
First you must contact the AMS to determine if the materials are suitable for our donation program. Suitable types of materials include quality research books and monographs in mathematics. Textbooks are not appropriate donations for this program. Journals are no longer accepted. Widely available publications are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Please send the following information via e-mail to [email protected]:
- Your name, email address (or phone number), and mailing address
- A description of the materials to be donated: an overview of the topics, the number of books, and specific titles with authors/editors.
- The amount of time you are able to hold the books, until we find a suitable recipient.
- Any problems you foresee with packing and shipping. In the case of large donations, the AMS may possibly cover the packing fees.
Or mail the information to: AMS, Professional Programs Department, 201 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904.
Donors will be notified about the approval of the materials. There will be a waiting period before a suitable recipient is found, and then the donors will receive instructions about the shipping preparation.
Donations of books made through this program are donations to needy (usually foreign) institutions and are not donations to the AMS; therefore, they are not deductible as donations to the AMS for tax purposes. Because the AMS does not receive or otherwise handle the donated material, it is not possible for the AMS to provide documentation as to the content of the shipments to the receiving institutions. The AMS is unable to offer advice on the tax status of donations to foreign institutions, except to warn donors to consult a tax advisor prior to making a donation to a foreign institution if the tax issue is an important consideration.
If the conditions of this program are not suitable for a particular donor, the American Library Association lists Other Book Donation Programs that may be a better match.
Receiving Book Donations
Please send the following information via email to [email protected] or mail the information to: AMS, Professional Programs Department, 201 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904 USA.
- Name of person applying, job title, and email address
- Name of institution and/or library, and country
- Mailing address for regular mail
- Shipping address (and telephone number) for books
- Which Donation in the Materials Currently Available list are you interested in?
- Explain the need for such materials at your location. How extensive is the current mathematical collection, and how large is the mathematical community which will access the books?
- Explain any special circumstances which have affected your collection such as wars, natural disasters, growth of the graduate program in mathematics, shrinkage of the library budget, or other issues.
- Are your mathematical holdings available to all professional mathematicians, without regard to religion, gender, national origin and race/ethnicity?
Applicants will be notified about the result of the request. If plans are made to ship the materials, the receiving institution should anticipate any customs problems and instruct the AMS on specific shipping requirements. The AMS cannot pay customs duties.
Please consult the list of Developing Countries to see if your institution is located in a country eligible for a donation through this program.
Materials Currently Available
When contacting the AMS, indicate the number of the donation you are interested in as well as the information listed under Receiving Book Donations.
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Get a short ‘do do good too!
Many patients lose their hair due to cancer treatments. When a person loses their hair, they often lose some self-esteem too. That’s why donating your hair to create a natural looking wig for a person in need is such a great idea.
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank grew her hair long and healthy specifically to donate it to the cause. She cut it herself (on Oprah, no less) — and you can see how she looked a couple months before and after in the photos at right!
Donating hair for cancer patients is both easy and rewarding. You will feel good knowing that your short hairstyle has helped out someone who really needs it.
If your local hair salon doesn’t have a hair donation program, you can still donate by sending your hair yourself through the mail to a national program.
If you want to donate, here are some hair donation programs that always welcome more contributors.
Locks of Love
Locks of Love takes all different hair colors and types, except grey. Your hair needs to be at least 10 inches long and sent in as a ponytail or braid. Locks of Love uses the hair to create natural looking wigs for children that would not normally be able to afford one. Visit locksoflove.org to watch a step-by-step video on how to cut, package and send in your hair.
More for donating 10-12 inches:
This organization donates wigs to children statewide in Oregon who have lost their hair due to medical conditions. They accept a minimum of 12 inches of clean, dry hair in braid or ponytail. Color-treated and gray hair is accepted, but not preferred.
This organization accepts a minimum of 12 inches of dry hair or 14 of full-length wet hair cut into a ponytail. Color treated and/or gray hair is accepted. Donations can be mailed to their New York office.
This hair donation program creates free wigs for kids. They require at least 12 inches of clean dry hair in a ponytail or braid.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Beautiful lengths is a hair donation program in both the US and Canada. Hair must be at least 8 inches long. It can be colored with vegetable dyes and semi-permanent hair color, but it can’t be bleached, permanently colored or otherwise chemically treated. It also can’t be more than 5 percent grey. Visit Beautiful Lengths to learn more about donating your hair to women in need.
More for hair donations under 10 inches:
This organization accepts a minimum length of 8 inches of hair braided into four separate ponytails, with rubber bands securing both ends. Color treated, processed, and gray hair are accepted. Hair donations can be mailed to their New York office.
The mission of this organization is to improve the self confidence of children who have medically-related hair loss. They accept clean, dry hair secured in a ponytail at a minimum of 8 inches in length. Color-treated and/or gray is accepted. Learn more on their website, and find their tips on mailing hair donations.
Prison Book Program
Book drop-off: Books can be dropped off at our office (directions) during volunteer hours.
Mailing Books to PBP: We accept book donations by mail. Our address is at the bottom of this page. Because shipping books can be expensive, we strongly encourage you to consider donating your books to one of our sister books to prisoners programs that may be geographically closer to you or to a local jail or prison. Please review our guidelines carefully or email [email protected] before mailing your books. We cannot return books that we find inappropriate.
Books we can and can t use:Prison restrictions and prisoner requests determine which books are sent to prisoners and which are not. This table summarizes our needs, but it is not exhaustive. If you have books that aren t listed, feel free to donate those too. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Books we cannot use are passed onto Better World Books or Big Hearted Books. These organizations either sell them on our behalf, pass them onto other organizations that can use them or recycle them if they are unusable.
Gently-used, like new or brand-new condition
Self published books written for the prison population are OK
Advance reading and review copies are OK
Spiral or comb bound
Multi-level sets – encyclopedias, etc
Self-published (unless written for the prison population)
Missing pages or covers
Yellowed, or have brittle spines
Too old to have a UPC on back cover
Have writing/notes in the margins (light highlighting is OK)
Children’s picture books
Action/Adventure (Dean Koontz, etc)
Classic Literature (Moby Dick, etc)
Ethnic (Af-Am, Native-Am, Hispanic)
Science Fiction Fantasy
College literature compilations
Have weapons on the cover
Art, especially drawing
Computer science – popular programming languages published in the last 6 years
Cultural – African American, Hispanic, Native American
Exercise (esp weight lifting and yoga)
Foreign language study and books in Spanish
Games (Sudoku, puzzles, chess, etc)
History current events
Legal dictionaries and basic criminal law
Psychology self help
Secret societies and the occult (e.g., Masons, Rosicrucian Order, extra terrestrials, etc.)
Small business startup
Social Sciences (archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, activism, political science)
Spirituality Religion – especially
– Bible concordances dictionaries
– non-mainstream religions such as Wicca, Paganism etc,
– New Age spirituality
The Autobiography of Malcolm X and works about or by MLK Barack Obama
Trades (i.e. woodworking, automotive, etc.)
Travel essays and travelogues
Computer science more than 6 years old
Legal journals and attorney-level legal reference
Textbooks more than 10 years old
Travel guides (travel essays and travelogues OK)
Written specifically for women
Almanacs less than 10 years old
Single volume encyclopedias
Foreign language dictionaries
GED study guides
Spanish/English dictionaries and books in Spanish
Donate Used Books
If you’re looking for a way to help out a nonprofit organization but don’t have the financial means to make a monetary gift, you may want to donate used books that you no longer need to a charity that can put them to good use or sell them as a way of generating funds for programs and projects.
Benefits of Donating Books
If you have shelves filled with books that you have already read and are not likely to use in the future, there’s no reason to let them sit there and gather dust. Once you are finished with a book, it can certainly be put to good use by a charitable organization.
Making this type of donation is a great way to provide support to a charitable cause that you believe in without having to incur a direct out of pocket expense. Since you’ve already purchased the books, the gift won’t cost you anything. However, your generosity can have a positive impact on the organization that receives the donation.
Provide Project Resources
Donations of books can help nonprofits reduce operating expenses. After all, many nonprofits provide services that require various types of books. Without donations, funds would have to be allocated to purchasing reading materials. When people donate used books, the organizations can utilize available funds for other purposes.
Assist with Fundraising Efforts
Book donations can also help some organizations raise money. Nonprofits that operate thrift stores, for example, are able to sell used books as a way of raising money. Even organizations that don’t have thrift shops can raise money by selling books in rummage sales or via online fundraising auctions. Some groups, especially libraries and schools, even hold used book sales once or twice each year.
Ideas for Where to Donate Used Books
While not every nonprofit organization accepts donated books, you’re sure to be able to find several agencies in your local area that will be thrilled to receive the items that you want to share. As with any items that you’d like to donate, it’s best to make contact with representatives of the organizations you are considering and inquire about their needs. Let them know what types of books you have available and ask if such gifts are accepted. If the answer is no, ask for recommendations of other organizations that may have a need for the items.
Examples of places that may be happy to allow you to donate used books include:
- Schools: Most public and private schools will be happy to accept donations of books that are appropriate for the age and reading levels of their students. They can utilize used books can be used to stock the library, provide supplemental reading materials for teachers and students use, or offer them for sale as a fundraising project.
- Ronald McDonald House: Ronald McDonald House’s provide a place for families to stay when they are coping with the experience of having a child hospitalized far from their homes. They provide play areas for children who are staying in the home with their parents, so donations of books, toys and other items that can help keep things as normal as possible for the siblings of seriously ill children are greatly appreciated.
- Pediatric Hospitals: Hospitals that specialize in pediatric care may be quite happy to receive donations of children’s books their young patients can read and enjoy. Donated books and toys can provide hours of stress relief to children who have to be hospitalized.
- Youth Groups: Church youth groups and service clubs often hold rummage sales as a way of raising money to fund mission trips and other types of activities. Since books are popular items, any group that is preparing for a fundraising yard sale will greatly appreciate receiving donated books to sell.
- Charitable Thrift Shops: Many nonprofit organizations operate thrift shops as a way to fund their activities. Contact your local Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift shop, or other similar store, to find out of they carry books. If so, your donation will certainly be appreciated.
Keep in mind that charitable organizations have limited resources. Be prepared to deliver the books that you want to donate to the organization yourself rather than expecting a representative to visit your home or office in person.
Keep a Record of Your Donation
Be sure to keep proper donation records if you hope to be able to write off the gift on your taxes. Make a list of the books that you donate and ask for a charitable donation receipt when you deliver the items to the organization. Attach the list to the receipt and store it with your other tax receipts so that you and your accountant have all of the information necessary to claim the donation as a tax deduction if it is appropriate to do so.
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Awareness Talk on Organ Donation at School of Nursing, Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack
On 10 th November 2017, MOHAN Foundation, Cuttack organised an awareness session with the staffs and students of School of Nursing, .
Organ donation awareness session at Adhya Designs, Faridabad
MOHAN Foundation was invited to conduct an awareness session on organ donation at Adhya Designs, Faridabad on October 7, 2017. It was coordinated .
Awareness Talk on Organ Donation for YAK Marine Academy at Khopoli
On 10 th October 2017 MOHAN Foundation Mumbai was invited by Mr. D.S. Yadav, MD of YAK Marine Academy to conduct awareness talks for .
Organ Donation Awareness talk at Regional Transport office, Giripeth, Nagpur every Tuesday & Friday,
Organ Donation Awareness talk at Super Speciality Hospital, Tukadogi Square, Nagpur, every Tuesday & Friday.
Organ Donation Awareness talk at Government Medical College & Hospital, Medical Square, Nagpur every Monday
4.Delhi – NCR:
Awareness Session on Organ Donation at Oerlikon Drive Systems, Greater Noida on November 10,2017
Organ Donation Awareness Session on Dr. MGR’s 100th Birth Anniversary in Kamarajar Memorial Hall on 13th November 2017 from 2 PM
Angels of Change Vounteers Training Program for the medical students and members of SAMSA on 14 and 15 Nov 2017.
Awareness Talk on Organ Donation at Sewa Automotive – NEXA KINGSWAY, Nagpur on 14th November 2017 at 9.30 am.
Angels of Change Volunteer Training Program for Staff Nurse of Kauvery Hospital, Chennai on 23rd November 2017 from 8 AM
Walkathon – Walk for a cause – Support the the people waiting for organs in the waitlist. Come and Celebrate the joy of giving on 26th November 2017 7:30 AM onwards in Marina Beach
Angels of Change Volunteer Training Program for Staff Nurse of Kauvery Hospital, Trichy on 05th December 2017 from 8 AM
Organ Donation Awareness Program in Mattruthiranaligal Orunginaippu Nala Sangam, Manali New Town on 10th December 2017 at 12:30 PM
Organ Donor Memorial
Mr. Veeraragavan – 45 Years
Mr. S.B.Francis – 53 Years
Mrs. Chitralekha – 45 Years
Transplant Centres in India
1. Andhra Pradesh
9. Himachal Pradesh
10. Jammu Kashmir
14. Madhya Pradesh
21. Tamil Nadu
23. Uttar Pradesh
24. West Bengal
Organ Donation Figures
Andhra Pradesh (2017) – 417
Kerala (2017) – 34
Rajasthan (2017) – 11
Tamil Nadu (2017) – 631
Life Savers Program – Jeeyar Integrated Vedic Academy
Selfless Service – Mr. Sivaramakrishna
Thanks From USA – Ms. Priya
Thanks From Ernst & Young LLP
Thanks From Angeetha & Pranav
Thanks From Michelin India
Oxford Workshop Videos
Prof. Rutger Ploeg speaking at National Organ Retrieval Workshop March 2017 – English
Dr. Harsha Jauhari speaking at the National Organ Retrieval Workshop – English
Dr. Philip G. Thomas speaking at 2nd Oxford Organ Retrieval Workshop Bangalore 2016 – English
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A. Our area faces a high demand for blood. Close to 2,000 donations are needed each day in the New York/New Jersey community for patients who require a lifesaving blood and/or platelet transfusion. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and mothers delivering babies, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.
A. Yes, if you are age 17 (16 with written consent (104.3 KB) from a parent or guardian) to 75* and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good health. There are some reasons and conditions that may permanently or temporarily defer someone from donor eligibility, but far more people are eligible to donate than actually do.
*People age 76 and older can donate if they meet all donor eligibility requirements and present a physician’s note once each year or are cleared by a NYBC medical doctor.
Q. Do I need ID to donate?
A. Yes. NYBC cannot take your donation without first seeing a form of identification with either your photo or your signature.
Q. How long does the donation take?
A. We suggest you allot 45 minutes to one hour to donate blood. Donating platelets or double red cells can take longer. The blood donation procedure itself takes about 10 to 12 minutes. But it also takes time to fill out the donor registration form, have a donor history/mini-medical exam, and rest and enjoy refreshments following a donation.
Q. What will happen when I donate blood?
A. You will be asked to provide some basic information (name, address, birthdate, etc.) as well as answer a number of health history questions on a registration form. Then we measure your temperature, hemoglobin content, and blood pressure to determine your donor suitability.
Q. How will I feel after I donate?
A. Most people feel fine. It’s important to rest and eat snacks in the recovery area, eat properly before your donation, and drink extra fluids for 48 hours following your donation.
Q. What happens to my blood after it’s donated?
A. All donated blood, even donations from repeat donors, is tested for blood type, hepatitis, HIV, syphilis, and other transmissible diseases. Blood may also be separated into various components (such as red cells, platelets, or plasma) so each donation may help several people.
Q. Can I get the HIV virus by donating blood?
A. No. You cannot get any transmissible disease or viruses, including HIV, by donating blood. The materials used for each donation (including the needle) are sterile, disposable, and used only on a single donor.
Q. How often can I donate?
A. You can safely donate your whole blood every 8 weeks, automated red cells every 16 weeks, platelets every 3 days up to 24 times each year, and plasma every 28 days.
Q. Is there anything special I should do before I donate?
A. Eat at your regular meal times and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Donors who only give platelets may not take aspirin, or products containing aspirin, for 48 hours prior to donating.
Q. Are there any travel or prescription medication restrictions that can affect my eligibility to donate?
A. Yes there are several. Please read the restrictions or call 800.688.0900 for the most up-to-date information on your medical eligibility.
Q. Can I donate after receiving a vaccination?
A. It depends on what the vaccination was for, and deferral times will vary. Please read the restrictions or call 800.688.0900 to learn about a specific and/or recent vaccination.
Q. Will donating blood hurt?
A. The needle insertion feels like a little pinch—other than that, most donors feel no discomfort.
Q. Do I have enough blood to spare?
A. Yes. Most adults have between 8 to 12 pints of blood and can easily spare a pint. Volume is replaced within 24 hours and red cells are replaced within 4 to 8 weeks after donating.
Q. Is there a substitute for donated blood?
A. No. All transfusions in the U.S. are thanks to 8 million volunteer blood donors nationwide. The demand for transfusions may increase as the population ages and more sophisticated medical care and surgeries requiring transfusion support become more commonplace.
Q. Can’t blood be frozen for use anytime?
A. Some rare red cells are frozen for emergency use, but thawing them is costly, requires special staff and equipment, and must be transfused within 24 hours after thawing—a fresh supply of blood is best.
Q. Doesn’t donated blood last forever?
A. No. Donated blood is perishable just like milk. Red cells last for 42 days, platelets last for 5 days, and plasma can be frozen for up to a year.
Q. What is a “rare” blood type?
A. Some people have fewer antigens (proteins on their red blood cells) than others. Determining which of these proteins are absent from a person’s red blood cells involves blood typing beyond the more familiar A, B, AB, O and Rh factor. In addition to identifying rare blood types, we specially code these donated units so they can be easily found.
Q. Why should I fill in the ethnicity box on the donor registration form?
A. Indicating your race makes it easier to match your blood with a recipient. This is because blood types and antigens are inherited, just like eye and hair color. Searching for very precise transfusion matches can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, so it makes sense to begin with donors of the same ethnic or racial background as the transfusion recipient.
Q. Is every donation used by a hospital patient?
A. Nearly every donated pint of blood is transfused to a patient in need. A unit would not be transfused if it tested positive for certain infectious diseases or is needed for research.