TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Rebound Tallahassee is helping you get back to work, make ends meet and manage pressure while coping with the COVID-19 crisis.
One way to do that is through plasma donations, which are desperately needed right now. We checked with a local donation center to see how you can give back and make a little cash on the side.
Felicia Tanner is one of CSL Plasma's donors in Tallahassee.
"I'm donating because I'm helping people who might need plasma," said Tanner.
Center manager Andria Logan says a lot of people do need plasma right now.
"There's a shortage with the recent COVID pandemic," Logan said.
Social distancing and stay at home orders have reduced the number of plasma donors, putting lives at risk.
"It's used to treat patients with different immune disorders," said Logan.
There's an even bigger need for plasma from COVID-19 survivors.
Those donations can help researchers develop a potential treatment for the virus because survivor plasma contains antibodies which fight coronavirus and could help others.
CSL Plasma is working to meet the need for plasma, and they're paying donors! Donors can make up to $300 a month.
You'll need a government issued ID, like a driver's license, proof of social security number and proof of where you live. As long as you're between 18- and 65-years-old, and pass a short medical screening, you can give.
For Tanner, it's about helping others, and she does so twice a week, if she can, trying to pay whatever help she can forward.
"It's very helpful," said Tanner, "and it could save your life one day."
The center offers masks to donors and follows CDC guidelines when it comes to sanitizing and keeping donors safe.