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Unexpected Result of Layoffs—Blood Donation Down Options
Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM
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Unexpected Result of Layoffs—Blood Donation Down

In US states where unemployment has hit hard, blood banks are seeing significant drops in donations. Corporate blood drives that used to draw hundreds of donors are collecting only a fraction of what they used to because people tend to donate when and where it is convenient. Now that many companies have closed their doors or laid off numerous employees, there are fewer corporate drives and available donors. Those who remain may feel like they cannot take the time during a workday to donate or no longer feel like doing so. One segment of the blood industry is doing better lately: for-profit plasma centers. These centers pay donors up to $200 a month for the blood product. More...
dp
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:06:30 AM
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Maybe we should select a group of currently unemployed healthy people and turn them into full time donors. Provide healthy food, room, and exercise and harvest them. Just a modest proposal.
Drew
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:19:35 PM
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dp wrote:
Maybe we should select a group of currently unemployed healthy people and turn them into full time donors. Provide healthy food, room, and exercise and harvest them. Just a modest proposal.


Sign me up!
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:52:21 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Unexpected Result of Layoffs—Blood Donation Down

In US states where unemployment has hit hard, blood banks are seeing significant drops in donations. Corporate blood drives that used to draw hundreds of donors are collecting only a fraction of what they used to because people tend to donate when and where it is convenient. Now that many companies have closed their doors or laid off numerous employees, there are fewer corporate drives and available donors. Those who remain may feel like they cannot take the time during a workday to donate or no longer feel like doing so. One segment of the blood industry is doing better lately: for-profit plasma centers. These centers pay donors up to $200 a month for the blood product. More...


It sounds like the modern Western disease - people won't bother helping others if there is nothing in it for them.
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