Plasma donors should be of 18 years and with a weight of 110 pounds. For donating blood, you need to clear the medical examinations, medical history screening and testing to ensure that there are no viruses before using their donated plasma in creation of the plasma protein therapies.
In some states 16 or 17 years old are allowed to donate but with parental consent. Signed consent form is required every time the student plans to donate.
There are some exceptions in the rule of the age in which you can donate blood and that you can find listed below:
If you are 14 years old or less then you can’t donate plasma. Even when you may appear to be older than that you won’t be allowed to donate as you will be asked to submit your original documents i.e. ID card and your SSN.
You will be allowed to donate plasma in one state if you are of age 14 or older than that and that is TX. In Texas state legislature, 2009, it is stated clearly that a 14 year old boy can donate his plasma if he comes for donation with an written permission and accompanying guardian from them for plasma donation. The donor should also have a weight 110 pounds or more.
Here are the states TX, HI, MI, CO, and UT in which you are allowed to donate plasma if you bring permission from your parents.
At this age the number of states allowing you to donate plasma are increased and in addition to the states mentioned above, IL, WY, VI, MT, OH, NC, VT, SC, and RI are also added. In these states Minors 16 and older can donate plasma if they have written permission from their parents.
Most of the states except MD, NY, and FL let you donate plasma at the age of 17 without written permission if there is just a gap of three months of turning eighteen years old. If there is more than three months before you turn to 18 then you are still required to come for donation with written permission from your parents.
It is strongly advised for you to check once before calling at the plasma centre before going there as each and every plasma centre has their own rules regarding allowing 17 years old to donate or not.
Finally, you have reached the 18. Now you are not a minor anymore and can take your own decisions therefore you are free to donate plasma also. There is one state Georgia in which you can donate plasma until and unless you reach the age 21. There is no clear reason behind it; maybe it is against their moral values for someone at an age lower than 21 to donate plasma.
so, if you turned eighteen and plan donating plasma then maybe you should think of shifting to Albama or Florida for it which has more sensible policies plasma donation.
All over the world, people rely on plasma protein to treat rare and chronic diseases. The donation of plasma is often called “the gift of life” because it is the base material needed to create therapies for thousands of people living with bleeding disorders, immune deficiency disorders, emphysema, burns, rabies, tetanus, dialysis and organ transplants, among other medical conditions.  You can donate plasma in more than 450 licensed plasma collection centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Plasma donated for money, however, will be used for pharmaceuticals, rather than for direct human transfusion. 
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According to the American Red Cross, there’s a 97% chance that someone you know will need a blood transfusion. Blood donors especially donors with certain blood types are always in demand.
To donate blood, the American Red Cross requires that people be at least 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds. (In some states, the age is 16 with a parent’s permission.)
Donors must be in good health and will be screened for certain medical conditions, such as anemia. Donors who meet these requirements can give blood every 56 days.
Blood donation starts before you walk in the door of the blood bank. Eat a normal breakfast or lunch this is not a good time to skip meals but stay away from fatty foods like burgers or fries. And be sure to drink plenty of water, milk, or other liquids.
Before donating, you’ll need to answer some questions about your medical history, and have your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and blood count checked. The medical history includes questions that help blood bank staff decide if a person is healthy enough to donate blood. They’ll probably ask about any recent travel, infections, medicines, and health problems.
Donated blood gets tested for viruses, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, and West Nile virus. If any of these things are found, the blood is destroyed. Because blood can be infected with bacteria as well as viruses, certain blood components are tested for contamination with bacteria as well.
The actual donation takes about 10 minutes. It’s a lot like getting a blood test. After you’re done, you’ll want to sit and rest for a few minutes, drink lots of fluids, and take it easy the rest of the day (no hard workouts!). Your local blood bank or Red Cross can give you more information on what it’s like and what you need to do.
A person can’t get an infection or disease from giving blood. The needles and other equipment used are sterile and they’re used only on one person and then thrown away. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates U.S. blood banks. All blood centers must pass regular inspections in order to keep operating.
Sometimes people who donate blood notice a few minor side effects like nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting, but these symptoms usually go away quickly.
The donor’s body usually replaces the liquid part of blood (plasma) within 72 hours after giving blood. It generally takes about 4 8 weeks to regenerate the red blood cells lost during a blood donation. An iron-fortified diet plus daily iron tablets can help rebuild a donor’s red blood supply.
The Red Cross estimates that 15% of all blood donors in the United States are high school or college students an impressive number when you consider you have to be 16 or 17 to donate blood. If you are eligible and want to donate blood, contact your local blood bank or the American Red Cross for more information on what’s involved. You could save someone’s life.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths encourages women (and men) to grow, cut and donate their hair to make real hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Pantene recognizes that woman s healthy hair is an incredible instrument of self-expression, defining their self-image in a way that almost no other physical attribute does.
Here s how to participate in Pantene s partnership with HairUWear® to create the wigs for the Beautiful Lengths program.
Before you can donate, your hair has to meet Pantene s requirements. Pantene Beautiful Lengths requires a minimum of 8 inches of hair for donation. To see if your hair is long enough for donation, pull your hair back in a ponytail and measure from just above your ponytail holder to the tip of the ends of your hair. Hair longer than 8 can also be donated.
Talk to Your Hairstylist
Have a discussion with your hairstylist before you make your donation appointment. Let her know of your plans and ask her to help you find a new hairstyle that will work with your hair. Cutting 8 inches or more off your hair is a big change. Your hairstylist can give you realistic expectations on how short your hair will be when your hair is cut and what kind of styles will work best for your hair.
Before your appointment, find a hairstyle or at least have a general idea of the type of style you re looking for. you ll want to choose a style that will work with your lifestyle.
When your hair has reached its length (and you ve gathered your courage!) let your stylist know you re ready to donate your hair. Some salons offer free or reduced cost haircuts for donations.
Some hair salons will happily send your hair into Pantene Beautiful Lengths for you, though others will not. It s very easy to send your hair in. Simply take your ponytail, place in an envelope (a zip-lock bag works well), and mail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Attn: 192-123, 43 Butterfield Trail Suite A, El Paso, TX 79906. If you would like acknowledgment for your donation, include your full name and return address with your hair donation.
Donating your hair can be an extremely rewarding experience. If you have long hair already or if you are considering growing yours out for a good cause, you will need to know some basics about donation.
Your hair will be used to make a realistic-looking wig for someone who has lost theirs due to cancer or another medical condition. Recipients include financially disadvantaged children and female cancer survivors.
Gather hair into a ponytail and measure from the elastic to the tip of the hair. In order to donate, your ponytail must be at least 10 inches long.
Have your stylist gather your hair into a low ponytail. Braid the hair and secure the braid with an elastic. Cut half an inch above the first elastic to remove the braid.
Donation forms can be found online. Simply print yours and include it with your donation. Donations should be sealed in a plastic bag and then placed in a padded envelope.
Hair must be clean and dry. Permed or color-treated hair is acceptable. Hair that has been bleached or swept off the floor will not be accepted by most organizations.
Two great places to donate your hair are Locks of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Both organizations are nonprofits. Locks of Love serves children who have lost their hair, and Pantene Beautiful Lengths serves female cancer survivors.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides wigs and other hairpieces to children that suffer from from medical hair loss and cannot afford to purchase a piece privately. Hair is collected from people (like you and me) that grow out their hair and donate it into the organization. The process is rather simple to donate, although growing your hair out to the required 10 can take several years.
Time Required: Several years to grow hair out, less than an hour for a haircut!
First things first, you have to grow your hair out. Locks of Love requires a minimum of 10 of hair for donation. To see if your hair is long enough for donation, pull your hair back in a pony tail and measure from approximately 1 to 2 above your pony tail holder to the tip of the ends of your hair. A full 10 is required in order to be used in the hairpieces and wigs made by Locks of Love. Hair longer than 10 can be donated. If your hair is less than 10 you can still donate to Locks of Love. Hair shorter than 10 is sold to offset the manufacturing costs of the hairpieces.
Talk to Your Hairstylist
I highly recommend talking to your hairstylist before you make your donation appointment. Let her know of your plans and ask her to help you find a new hairstyle that will work with your hair. Your hairstylist can give you very realistic expectations on how short your hair will be when your hair is cut. Plus, it s a big step to go from very long hair to much shorter hair, giving your stylist a heads up will have you both better prepared.
Next you ll want to choose a style that you can live with. Many people choose layered or stacked bob. You can also opt for a . If your hair is much longer than 10 , a medium length style maybe chosen.
Make Your Big Appointment
When your hair is long enough, and you ve gathered your courage, call your stylist and let her know that you re ready! Also, keep in mind that some hairstylists offer free or reduced cost haircuts for Locks of Love donations.
By this time you ve prepared and you re ready. All you have to do is show up to your appointment and go for it. I have documented the haircut process here, and can testify that this client absolutely loved her new shorter haircut for several years. Donating your hair is such a selfless act and will certainly make a young person s life brighter during a tough time. While beauty truly comes from within, thinking of all the smiles in the mirror that some girl will experience is without a doubt worth the sacrifice.
Some hair salons will send your hair into Locks of Love for your, others will not. It s very easy to send your hair in. Simply take your ponytail or braid, place in an envelope (I like to put it in a zip-lock bag first), and mail to Locks of Love, 234 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2701. If you would like acknowledgment for your donation (which is a nice memento and especially great for kids that donate) you must fill out the hair donation form, or write your name and address on a full size separate sheet of paper and include inside the envelope.
Wigs: 01432 760060
Other enquiries / hair donation: 01432 352359
Many supporters complete all sorts of challenges and events in aid of the Trust, but often they choose to organise a sponsored haircut. This raises lots of money! It would also be great if the hair you cut off could be used to form part of a wig for a child as well. This will depend on how much you have cut (see the new guidelines below).
We are delighted to have seen a huge increase in hair received following sponsored haircuts. We have made a few changes to our guidelines as we would now like to be able to make more wigs of a much longer length.
All good condition hair that is cut according to our guidelines is sent to the factory in China. Please note that we are unable to guarantee that your hair will definitely be used in the making of a child s wig. This is because the decision whether the hair is suitable or not is up to the specialist wig manufacturer in China and not us.
If your ponytail (plaits are acceptable but ponytails are preferable please) measures longer than 12”/30cm, it will most likely be blended with similar hair and made into a lovely, long wig for a girl. If you’re having your hair cut with the specific intention of donating it, please hang on and grow the length so that it exceeds 12”/30cm.
If your hair measures between 7-12”/17-30cm, it may be mixed with similar hair and made into a shorter wig possibly, when required. Incredibly around 4”/10cm is lost when a wig is made because of the knotting process.
In 2013 pop sensation, Jessie J, kindly donated her hair to us by shaving her head. We were delighted but whilst we acknowledge the gesture from anyone that shaves their head, please note this isn t in any way necessary.
Please see the guidelines and please take these points on board too:
Image: Mark Soanes, Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
Hair we are unable to use:
You can go anywhere to get your hair cut as long as the donation guidelines listed on our website are followed. We encourage our donors to go to a salon they are already familiar with so they will be comfortable when making their donation. View Donation Guidelines.
We do not maintain a list of participating salons. If there is a participating salon in your area, they should have a Locks of Love decal in their window. If you have salons in your area that are part of a national chain, many times they participate. Also, you can try an online search, entering Locks of Love salon and your city and state.
Yes, we can accept donations of gray hair. Because we only provide hairpieces to children, we cannot use this hair in a hairpiece but will sell it to offset our manufacturing costs.
Yes, we can accept donations of colored hair.
Yes, we can accept donations of permed hair.
No, we cannot use bleached hair. The bleach causes the hair to dissolve as it goes through the manufacturing process. Note: Many times highlights are done with bleach.
We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
6 to 10 donated ponytails go into one hairpiece.
We cannot link donors with recipients. Because all applicants are minors, we must protect the children’s privacy.
Please check with your tax preparer. We cannot place a monetary value on a ponytail.
Yes, if you choose to send pictures please e-mail them to [email protected] All photos must be submitted electronically in order for use on our website.
We do update our donor gallery from time to time, but cannot guarantee that all the pictures we receive will be posted. We also use photos in our newsletters and post them around our office.
We work to thank all donors as quickly as possible. Because we rely on volunteers to help with this task, it may take up to 60 days to receive your acknowledgement.
If the person in need is a child and has applied to Locks of Love, it is sometimes possible. The family can contact the Case Manager for more information. Please remember our recipients must be under the age of 21.
When I was fresh out of college, I worked at an egg donation agency, which paired egg “donors” with potential parents willing to shell out a lot of money for the possibility of having children. At parties, when I was asked what I did for a living, it was inevitable that a group of girls would gather around, asking questions. Everyone had seen those ads on the bus—“$7,000 to donate your eggs!”—and this was 2008, when the economy was digging itself deeper into a recession. In fact, the whole reason I’d taken this gig was because the egg donation business was booming while there was a serious lack of jobs in my field for recent grads.
It wasn’t rare at these parties that I would get cornered in the hallway by some girl who was drunkenly considering egg donation and wanted to weigh the morality of it with me. Wouldn’t they be, like, my babies out in the world? she’d ask. “Err, yeah,” I’d say, trying to skirt the issue. But on rare occasions, the girl cornering me would be a little less drunk and sound a little more serious about the whole scenario. In those cases, I’d move on to questions like: “How much do you weigh? Have you ever been diagnosed with anxiety or depression?” Surprisingly, these are two of the most important questions in the process.
The thing is, I can’t tell you whether you should donate your eggs. But I can tell you if you could.
At work, it was my job to screen potential donors. In the morning, I would be the first one in the office and the phone would already be ringing. After a few months, I learned not to scramble and get it. I’d take off my coat, unwrap my scarf and prepare to listen to dozens of voicemails left during the Infomercial hours. From what I gathered, 2:00 a.m. is generally the time donating your eggs for money begins to seem like a good idea.
Some of the calls were, for lack of a better word, intense. There were boyfriends talking in hushed tones into the receiver, trying to pimp out their girlfriends’ eggs. When I’d call these guys back, I’d demand to talk to the girlfriend directly, and make sure they understood exactly what their significant other was scheming. More than once, this resulted in a woman screaming “You Motherf***er!” in the background, then hanging up the phone.
Then there were girls who made it through the initial interview, only to back out after I gave my speech about the vaginal procedure and needles involved.
But most of the voicemails were just left by the “wrong” kind of potential donor. You may have gathered from the ads in the back of your college newspaper, but clinics want specific donors—those who are college educated, tall, and most often white. As one girl said to me during a phone interview, “You just want white bitches.” The world of egg donation is unfortunately not color blind.
Egg donation isn’t a surefire way to have a child. Potential parents pay $20,000 per egg donation cycle—and one cycle does not guarantee pregnancy. Potential parents begin their first cycle by thinking about the genes they most desire—“We need someone who is talented musically,” or “Someone who has a high GPA.” Later though, if the first cycle doesn’t take, they want a proven donor whose past egg retrievals resulted in pregnancy. Seeing how many young, healthy women didn’t become “proven donors” made me paranoid about my own fertility, and it’s a paranoia that has stayed with me over the years.
At parties, when the women inevitably circled up and began digging into whether egg donation was something they should consider, I’d grip my plastic cup tighter trying to parse what I should and shouldn’t tell them. I didn’t want to tell them that weight was the first barrier—you had to be BMI fit. Or that if you’d ever been in therapy you might not get through—and definitely not if you had any past of anxiety, depression or disordered eating. And I really didn’t want to say to my group of progressive friends, “Oh and no lesbians!” It was one of the reasons I would later leave the job, but these agencies apparently still thought there was a “gay gene.” See where, at this party, I could start to sound like a bigoted a**hole?
Generally, I chose to tell people what I told the donors. It was a spiel that left a lot unsaid, bracketed here for the sake of full disclosure: “If you pass the requirements, you are put in the system [where you sit with hundreds of other donors]. When [more likely if] an intended parent chooses you [and this could take a year or more], we ll call and ask if you can go through a cycle immediately. A cycle involves several early-morning doctor appointments for a month, during which you will get a shot of hormones [which have side effects very similar to PMS]. After a month, you will go through the egg retrieval process, which is done vaginally. You ll be put out for it, and you ll wanna take the entire day off and get plenty of rest.”
What it really came down to for most girls at parties, though, was that going through a cycle means drastically changing your lifestyle. You can’t drink for a month. You might gain weight thanks to those hormones. And it’s recommended that you abstain from sex during the cycle—as you will be super fertile for the month. Also, there is some risk of Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) which is very rare, but can be very serious.
I was asked to ponder this risk-reward ratio, too. Often, my co-workers would ask, “So when are you going to donate your eggs?” I was torn on the whole issue. For me, it wasn’t the possible side effects or that I was worried about my familial history making donation a no-go. For me, it was more about the whole bringing-a-child-into-the-world thing.
I didn’t fault parents for choosing egg donation over adopting. This was their choice and I understood why egg donation could be so appealing. As I mentioned before, this job made me very paranoid about my own fertility, sometimes resulting in crying bouts to my husband about how much I want a baby someday. In those moments, I understood that if you can’t have a baby yourself, getting the genes of someone you perceive to be most like you could feel like the second best option.
But as I considered selling or donating my own eggs, I began eyeing the potential parents at the clinic with distrust. With the high cost of egg donation cycles, most of them had the monetary means to care for a kid. But suddenly I noticed the potential father who yelled a lot and seemed quite sexist, or the mother who called our office 15 times a day for no real reason other than to sigh at me and ask snippy questions about the donors. Who were these people and how would they be raising my gene-babies? I empathized with these potential parents … but never quite enough to sell them my genes.
As I began closely monitoring these parents, it started to seem like they had babies for selfish reasons. At the same time, I felt selfish, like I was hoarding my eggs. It all seemed like such a strange cycle.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that, if you are considering donating your eggs, there is an awful lot to think about. It’s not a slam-dunk decision in any way. Still, if I were giving advice to my best friend, I’d say that, if you meet the stringent requirements, go for it—you can donate eggs up to six times and you can even haggle to get more money, especially if you become a proven donor.
But there is one last risk I often think about. What if, 20 years after donating, you get a call from someone who is genetically your baby. I mean, whoever holds my old position at a clinic has access to all the records of who donors are and whose eggs went to whom. If that person is just another kid out of college, who could also use tip money, it feels too easy for this information to get out. Just sayin’.
Every two seconds, someone somewhere needs blood. One of every seven people who enter the hospital will need blood. That person may be you, your loved one, friend or co-worker. With all the wonderful advances in modern medicine, there still is NO substitute for human blood. The blood that helps patients comes only from caring people who volunteer to help others by donating their life-saving blood.
In the short time it took to read the above paragraph, 11 people needed blood.
Anyone age 16 or older who meets minimum height and weight requirements and is in good health can donate blood.
Height/Weight Restrictions for Donors
Eligibility is Based on Estimated Total Blood Volume
Males: You must be at least 4 10 tall and weigh at least 111 pounds.
Females: If you weigh at least 110 pounds but are shorter than 5 5 , refer to the minimum height to weight ratio below for donating.
*Shorter people must weigh more to achieve a 3400 mL blood volume
Sixteen-year-olds must submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.
Some people may be temporarily or permanently prevented from donating blood due to certain health conditions. If you have a question about your eligibility to donate blood, contact your local LifeShare office.
Your voluntary blood donation helps meet the needs of patients in local medical facilities.
When you register, LifeShare staff will recommend a donation procedure that is best suited to your blood type and current patient needs.
You may be asked to donate different blood components each time you give.
During your donation, you will be attended by trained specialists.
The most frequently donated blood product is whole blood, which can help up to three patients with a single donation. Anyone who qualifies to give blood may be a whole blood donor, and may give one unit of blood every 56 days.
A whole blood donation process takes about 45-60 minutes, including registration, screening, and donation. The actual donation takes about 10-15 minutes.
When you donate via automated collections, only the needed blood components are retained. The best part about automated donation is that you know you are giving the blood component most needed for patients.
During automated collections, we can collect various combinations of blood components:
There are several automated donation procedures. You may be asked to give a different type of apheresis donation each time you give, based upon current needs.
Automated donation procedures are safe. They usually take longer than a whole blood donation, but while you donate, you can watch television or videos, listen to music, and in some LifeShare locations, you can even surf the web.
Together, we are changing the world one life at a time. Read how giving blood has affected both recipients and donors in the community.
One out of every three people will need a blood transfusion during their lifetime. Can you help provide it?