#Local sperm banks do roaring trade as young men in Ahmedabad donate their sperm for easy money
Published: 23:55 GMT, 22 June 2013 | Updated: 01:24 GMT, 23 June 2013
It is Rs 2,000 per hour if you are a young man with Masters degree and Rs 5,000 for the same job if you are blessed with striking good looks. The sexist tone of this offer may baffle young job aspirants but to qualify for this special job, you need to spruce up your looks and not your CV before the interview.
Young men in Ahmedabad are waking up to the advantages of manhood, thanks to the “awareness” created by Vicky Donor, the 2011 film starring Ayushumann Khurrana and Annu Kapoor, and a series of posters put up by a company asking “semen donors” to contact its office.
Supply and demand: While someone with a professional degree and good features can get up to Rs 5,000 per donation, the rate for a postgraduate donor is around Rs 2,000
Mehul (name changed), a 21-year-old man, is making quick bucks by selling his sperm on a regular basis. It took Mehul a phone call to a given phone number printed on a poster pasted outside Gujarat University to discover the new source of income.
#Where to Donate Clothes and Toys in Seattle
Give New Life to Your Old Toys This Holiday Season
With daily Amazon deliveries and packages piling up beneath the tree, this season of giving can leave us feeling both grateful, and slightly overwhelmed, by the abundance in our lives. (Does anyone really need 97 matchbox cars?). If you want to create holiday magic for local kids in need and create a little breathing room on your toy shelf, donate to one of these outstanding organizations who will give your old toys (and other items) a new life.
Before you start your post-bedtime stealth purge of the toy bin, or (gasp!) before enlisting your own little elves in selecting a few of their treasures to share with a child in need, here are a few tips for donating used toys:
1. Make your donations count by only offering items that are truly gently used and in good working order. Almost all organizations will throw away broken, stained or otherwise unusable toys, clothes or other donations, including toys missing any of their parts. St. Vincent de Paul estimates their annual garbage bill at over $60,000 because of unsellable items (like shirts with stains or broken zippers or puzzles missing pieces). Note: If you have unmatched LEGOs, scroll down for the perfect donation spot.
2. Don t donate toys or items that have been recalled. (Those drop-side cribs are a no-no, even if it was a gorgeous family heirloom that all your kiddos slept safely in).
3. Put fresh batteries in automated toys (or include a new pack of batteries with your donation).
4. Double check on questionable items like plush animals (frequently not accepted due to allergens) or big ticket items like play furniture or outdoor play equipment (many organizations don t have room to store these biggies).
5. Don t forget to ask for a receipt so that you can also get a tax deduction for your donation.
Seattle Goodwill provides job training and education to help individuals overcome barriers to employment. If you want to give a new life to a large variety of items, but don t want to do a big sort or worry about condition too much, Goodwill is your answer. They accept almost everything (just no mattresses, large home appliances or hazardous items), and have locations all over the city!
What used items to donate : Pretty much everything! Toys, clothes, furniture, books, art supplies, electronics and exercise equipment. No food items.
Find a donation center here .
With thrift stores similar to the Goodwill, St Vincent de Paul also serves the community by running a food bank, programs for Veterans, language and social services to the Hispanic community in King County, and a case management program and call center to help individuals access social services. Note: If you want to request a donation pick up at your house, you must have a big-ticket furniture item.
What used items to donate : Toys, furniture, clothing, electronics, household goods, baby gear, etc.
Find a donation center here .
The East Side Baby Corner provides direct assistance to families challenged by homelessness and poverty. In 2013, they provided almost 8,000 clothing bags (each with a week s wardrobe) and more than 1,200 car seats to local families, keeping children safe and families comforted in their time of greatest need. Your donations won t gather dust here; items are matched to deserving families within a week of the item being requested. Attend their Winter Open House December 11 and 18, 2014 from 9 a.m.-noon, and watch volunteers fill the more than 1,000 orders they receive each week, and stay for cookies and cider.
What used items to donate : Toys, clothing (kids, adults, and maternity), baby equipment (cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs, pack n plays, potties, etc.) and books (especially board books and Spanish-language books).
1510 N.W. Maple St.
Issaquah, Wa 98027
View all drop times and locations here .
photo: Eastside Baby Corner
Did you know food stamps don t cover diapers? Westside Baby provides diapers, clothing and other critical items to children and families throughout King County. Participate in Westside Baby s Joy Drive and help keep more than 1,500 kids safe, warm and dry this holiday season. Help out a new baby by adding a box of new diapers and wipes to your donation.
What used items to donate : Toys, clothing (especially PJs and winter coats), baby equipment, diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, lotion and soap.
10032 15th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98146
View the full list of drop sites here .
photo: Westside Baby
This standout organization s mission is to give foster kids a childhood and a future. Among the myriad of services they provide to youth in the foster care system is an awesome warehouse filled to the brim with new and like-new clothing, shoes, toys, school supplies and books, where the kids can go shopping (everything is free) for what they want and need. This is a particularly great choice if along with your toy donation, you have a fashion-conscious tween (or toddler for that matter) who has outgrown their stylish brands.
What used items to donate : Toys (very gently used), clothing, backpacks, electronics (video games, e-Readers, headphones), and books.
2100 24th Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98144
View drop times and a wish list here .
The Northwest Center has created schools and bustling social enterprises which demonstrate the powerful benefit of people of all abilities working together. Your toys will be used in one of their awesome early learning programs where children with and without developmental disabilities learn and play together. With two dozen drop off locations and home pickup available, this organization makes donating super easy.
What used items to donate : Toys (especially board games, LEGOs, action figures, culturally diverse dolls, and items for dramatic play like play food and play money), and clothing.
Mary s Place
This safe haven provides more than just the tangible needs of food and shelter for homeless women and their children; Mary s Place also provides a community and a safety net for women looking to rebuild their lives and who want their children to spend time in a safe and caring environment.
What used items to donate. Toys, in-season clothing for men, women and kids, paperback books, and strollers. (Note: The organization does accept baby equipment like cribs or high chairs or out-of-season clothing).
1830 9th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Donation hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 3 pm. at the Emergency Family Shelter at 314 Bell St. Seattle
View their wish list here .
photo: Mary s Place
The Healing Center
As the only drop-in grief support center for youth (ages 4-18) in the area, the Healing Center fills an important gap in supporting kids who ve experienced loss or trauma. The Healing Center also offers a number of support groups for children, teens and adults, as well as a day camp in the summer. Note: If you re finally ready to give up that Beanie Baby collection, this is one of the only organizations in town specifically requesting plush dolls and stuffed animals.
What items to donate. Plush toys (stuffed animals), action figures and dolls, art supplies of all kinds and big ticket items like hockey tables. (Please no toys for pre-school aged children).
6409 1/2 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
The Brick Recycler
If you have a LEGO lover in your life who s ready to release some of their (millions) of LEGO bricks and figurines, do NOT put them in your normal donate box. Organizations like the Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. will just throw them away if they re not in a complete set, and if you try to recycle them, the city will sort them out and send them to the landfill. Give your LEGOs a new lease on life by sending them to the Brick Recycler. You can ship them your mixed bag of LEGOs (for FREE if you ship via UPS Ground or FedEx Ground) and they ll sort and pass your bricks along to future builders. What a brick-tastic idea!
Almost all of these organizations also accept (and desperately need) new items as well, from toys and clothes, to food, diapers and hygiene items. If one of these organizations sings to you, check out their website or wish list and consider adding a few new items to your donations as well. And if you re looking for other ways to get your kids involved in the community, check out our Top 25 List of Ways to Give Back .
Did we miss your favorite non-profit or donation spot for toys? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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#Love offering: St. John Neumann students donate hair to aid cancer patients
“I want to donate my hair because I want to make a tribute to my grandma and my neighbor and all others who were diagnosed with cancer.”
“I’m in fourth grade and I am donating my hair because I want to give it to people who don’t have any from cancer treatment.”
“I’m in fourth grade and the reason I am doing this is because other people need hair more than I do.”
“I am doing this because I have friends and family that have had (cancer) treatment.”
“I decided to donate my hair because I have a lot, so why not share.”
“I want to donate my hair because there are people who need it more than I do.”
“I want to donate my hair to show that you can give of yourself no matter your age.”
St. John Neumann School parent Tian Lyons, right, is shown with daughter Vivian and son Tony at the school s Ponytail Drive. Tian and Vivian donated their hair to the American Cancer Society and Pantene. Tony did the trimming on his mother s hair.
Photo by Bill Brewer
And with student testimonials like those read aloud to a gym full of St. John Neumann School classmates, faculty, supporters and media, 38 girls had their long locks sheared in the third annual Ponytail Drive to benefit Pantene Beautiful Lengths and the American Cancer Society to support cancer patients.
The students, who ranged from kindergarten to eighth grade, anxiously awaited the moment when a carefully selected friend, sibling or parent put scissors to hair and snipped. Some of the girls were joined by their mothers, who also agreed to go under the shears.
The smiles were going on even as the hair was coming off as smart phones, tablets and cameras captured the event, where more than 30 feet of hair was collected for Pantene. The beauty products company will transform donations by St. John Neumann and other groups around the country into natural-hair wigs for Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign partner HairUWear that are then distributed free to female cancer patients through the national network of American Cancer Society wig banks.
Also assisting in the Ponytail Drive were hair stylists from Knoxville-area hair styling chain Ross the Boss, who styled the donors hair immediately after their donation.
Participation in the event has been growing each year, according to Michelle Dougherty, who teaches at St. John Neumann and organizes the Ponytail Drive. She said 25 girls participated the first year amid some persistent prodding and 32 took part last year.
“After the first year, we thought there was no way girls would get in front of the school and do this,” Ms. Dougherty said, adding that Pantene then submitted a video of high school girls from another state donating their hair and explaining why they do it.
“Now, we have more girls who purposely grow out their hair so they can donate,” she said. “It has become tradition now, so we will continue to do it.”
Support for the event is growing as fast as the girls’ hair, and St. John Neumann Principal Bill Derbyshire is one of the biggest fans.
“I think it promotes our Catholic mission of giving back. It’s a unique way for our school, and especially these girls, to give something back in such a loving way,” Mr. Derbyshire said.
St. John Neumann School’s Ponytail Drive isn’t without emotion, including tears. As volunteers braided strands of hair to be donated prior to the actual cutting, a couple of younger students cried at the thought of losing their long tresses. But parents and teachers rushed in to ease the situation.
St. John Neumann School teacher Michelle Dougherty, principal Bill Derbyshire, and diocesan schools superintendent Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, display the bags of hair collected for the 2014 Ponytail Drive.
Photo by Bill Brewer
Then Ms. Dougherty put the situation in perspective. She said a school parent, who is a mother of two boys, had long hair when she recently was diagnosed with cancer. She had her hair cut before starting treatment, which was going to make her hair fall out, and she donated her locks to the Ponytail Drive.
“She donated nine inches of hair,” Ms. Dougherty said. “In our first year, we had two sisters whose father passed away the summer before the school year. These sisters, together with a third sister, had their hair cut and donated.”
Pantene and the American Cancer Society have made more than 24,000 free real-hair wigs from more than 400,000 donated ponytails. It takes eight to 15 ponytails to make a wig and each ponytail must be at least eight inches in length. Hair that has been bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated can’t be used.
For Sharon Peterson, the Ponytail Drive is a family affair. She has a second-grader and a 3-year-old who were donating and a 12-year-old who has given hair three times.
“It will be strange when you wash your hair for the first time, but it isn’t traumatic. You just share your hair,” Mrs. Peterson said.
Classmates Maddie Vanderhoofven and Mary Iverson waited anxiously for their turn under the scissors. But the seventh-graders took a practical approach to their selfless act of service.
For Mary, it was her first time donating. Maddie took part the first year.
“I’m kind of nervous, but it’s for a good cause, so I’m happy,” Mary said before having her locks cut.
The more experienced Maddie, who took part in the first Ponytail Drive, shared Mary’s concern.
“It’s nerve-wracking to think you’re losing so much of your hair, but it’s wonderful to think it’s going for such a good cause to people who need hair,” Maddie said, noting that she “weighed the pros and cons” before reaching the conclusion that “it’s something I know I want to do.”
Mary spent a year preparing for the big day.
“After they did it last year, my friends inspired me. So I decided to grow out my hair and donate it this year,” she said.
St. John Neumann School girls participating in the 2014 Ponytail Drive pose for a group picture.
Photo by Bill Brewer
For Olivia Escher, a sixth-grader at the school, is wasn’t the loss of her hair that worried her. It was inclement weather.
The cutting event was to be held during Catholic Schools Week in late January, but snow forced a postponement.
“She was very upset when they canceled school because she was anxious to give her hair,” said Pam Escher, Olivia’s mother and hair trimmer for the event.
But once the event was back on, Olivia’s concern shifted.
“I was worried my mom wouldn’t cut it straight,” she said after the tresses were trimmed. “But I was happy that cancer patients will have a chance to have my hair.”
Tian Lyons went above and beyond supporting her sixth-grade daughter, Vivian. She sat with her daughter and had her own jet-black strands cut by her son, Tony, who is Vivian’s twin and also is a St. John Neumann sixth-grader.
Donating hair isn’t new for Mrs. Lyons and she had been preparing for the big day.
“I decided last year to do it and I’ve been letting my hair grow. I did it once in college when my hair was to my knees,” Mrs. Lyons said. “I have to cut it anyway, so why not for a good cause.”
She was surprised at how many girls decided to cut their hair and already is planning ahead. “I hope I can do it again next year.”
Vivian already has her sights set on 2015 and immediately realized a secondary benefit to donating her hair.
“It feels lighter and should be easier to take care of. I thought it would be shorter, but it looks better than I thought,” she said. “Once my hair is longer, I will do it again.”
Ms. Dougherty takes the Ponytail Drive personally and is annually brought to tears as she tells faculty and students about the cancer patients who benefit. And she not only organizes the annual Ponytail Drive, she has been a willing participant — along with her sisters.
As she personalized the impact cancer can have on an individual and their family and friends in remarks to the school, she shared a few facts that put the Ponytail Drive in perspective.
She said with nearly 700,000 adult American women being diagnosed with cancer this year alone, and more than one in three women developing some form of cancer in her lifetime, the campaign touches mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and friends. And she noted that the effects of hair loss on women is startling, with one study revealing that 58 percent of women consider hair loss the worst side effect when undergoing chemotherapy and 8 percent are at risk of avoiding potentially life-saving treatment altogether because of their hair-loss fear.
It’s the members of Ms. Dougherty’s immediate family, or school family, or diocesan family who are touched by cancer who come to mind as she orchestrates the Ponytail Drive in front of a school full of students, faculty, parents, friends, TV cameras and newspaper reporters.
“There are a lot of heart tugs that happen. One year I will get through it without crying,” she said.
#Where to Donate Furniture in New Jersey
Whether you live in the city of Newark, the beach area of Cape May or the mountains of Montague, there are places throughout the state to donate furniture in New Jersey.
If you live in the area of Newark, New Jersey, there are many places to donate used furniture.
- The Institute of Jewish Humanities provides pick up service of furniture and bric-a-brac throughout the New Jersey area.
- Do 1 Thing is an organization that helps homeless youth in Newark, New Jersey. This organization is in need of all donations including furniture.
Southern New Jersey
The southern New Jersey area has pick up service for furniture donations provided by several charitable organizations.
- The Salvation Army has drop off locations at their thrift stores in Atlantic City and Asbury Park. They also provide pick up service throughout most of the state. To arrange a pick up of furniture, clothing or household goods call 1-800-728-7825.
- The Rescue Mission of Trenton provides homeless men and women with needed food, shelter and various services. Furniture donations are used in the rescue mission itself or sold in their thrift store to generate funds for the mission.
Northern New Jersey
- The Vietnam Veterans of America provides pick up service for donated furniture, household goods and clothing in the northern New Jersey area. The items are sold to various thrift stores to raise money for veteran’s services. The national telephone number to schedule a pick up is 1-800-775-8387.
- Family Promise of Bergen County accepts furniture donations if there is an immediate need in the community and for their family shelter and fellowship house.
- The Salvation Army provides furniture pick up service in the northern New Jersey area.
Additional NJ Furniture Donation Locations
Additional places to donate furniture in NJ include: