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Charities both locally and nationally accept durable medical equipment donations. Wonder what exactly durable medical equipment is? Durable medical equipment is a term than encompasses many things. Just think about the types of things that would be in use at an assisted living facility. Those things are mostly durable medical equipment. Examples include hospital beds, wheelchairs, blood glucose strips and blood glucose monitors, nebulizers, catheters and more.

If you have some durable medical equipment to donate, it doesn’t have to be new. It can be new, open but not used or used. If you are donating used durable medical equipment, then you MUST make sure that you have all of its accessories – including user manual. You can ask around at your local assisted living facilities and nursing homes for local places to donate durable medical equipment.

Or you get look online at the Operation Giving Back website. Another great place to make your durable medical equipment donation is the Med-Eq website.

Just arrange for a pickup or drop off your donation of durable medical equipment. In rare instances, you may need to ship you durable medical equipment to the charity.

And get that donation receipt for your tax write-off!

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Do you live in the Abilene, Texas area? Are looking for a way to help out people in need but be compensated for your time? You can donate plasma at an area donation center. Donors can make up to two plasma donations each week, as long as there is at least 24 hours between the donations.

After your first donation, which takes a bit longer, you can make a plasma donation in under one hour. Look on the BloodBanker website to locate the plasma donation centers closest to you in Abilene. Some of the donation centers with locations in the area include ZLB Plasma Service and CSL Plasma Service. Contact the plasma donation center to set up your first appointment for plasma donation. You will be asked the pre-screening questions, such as your weight, your age and where you reside.

Arrive at the plasma donation center and check in at the desk. You will be taken in for your brief medical screening and physical exam. This only occurs at your very first visit and is done to ensure you are a good candidate for plasma donation. Your vitals are checked and you must give a complete medical history. This can take up to one hour.

Proceed to the donation area, if everything checks out in the medical screening. There you can be hooked up to the plasmapheresis machine, which is how you give your actual plasma donation. This takes around 45 minutes. The nurse will disconnect you from the machine when you have completed your donation. The nurse walk you over to the refreshment area. You should rehydrate and snack for about 15 minutes.

Stop by the desk on your way out of the donation center to pick up your compensation for making your plasma donation. The amount of compensation you receive varies by donation center and demand for plasma.