Plasma donors: 'It is kind of lucrative for younger people'

EUGENE, Ore. - Donors at Talecris Plasma Resources tell a similar story.

"I don't have a job currently, and it's a way to pay my cell phone bill and my storage - money I don't have," said Starr Syphers.

"Currently, I'm unemployed," Jordan Scales said. "I need a little extra pocket change to get me to and from job interviews."

They come here as often as twice a week to help make ends meet - and help others - by donating plasma.

Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. At Talecris, two donations a week can earn a person $65.

And the donations help people with hemophelia or those in need of surgery.

"There's a pretty frequent low level shortage of blood for blood banks, especially here in the Northwest," said James Mough with the University of Oregon Health Center. "There's generally always an underlying need for plasma."

Mow said he sees many students donating plasma.

"As the term goes along, students get settled into their routines," he said. "It's something they can work into their schedules."

It works for Scales. "It is kind of lucrative for younger people in my age group to utilize this resource as a form of income."