Monday, August 3, 2009

Long lines to sell plasma

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Selling plasma to make ends meet is not fun. Trust me, I know.

Of course, when I did it, I was a bratty teenager trying to pay for tickets before my parents found out about my lead foot.

But, you know, you've got to do what you've got to do. In this economy, I'm sure people are selling a lot more than plasma to make a few extra bucks. At least plasma "donations" benefit others.

Two mornings a week, three Gastonia friends make a 50-mile round trip to a Charlotte plasma donation center to earn an extra $50 a week.

“It makes a difference in income,” said Terry Stewart, a 49-year-old Gastonia man who was recently laid off. “I need the money.”

He and his friends Joanna Costner, 36, and Dana Rayfield, 37, pile into the car at 6:30 a.m. and grab a breakfast biscuit to fortify themselves before donating at Talecris Plasma Resources on Central Avenue. They arrive before 8 a.m. and join the 50 or so other donors waiting in a line that sometimes stretches to the building's parking lot.

More from Charlotte.com.

If you've never done it before, here's what it's like:

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