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Valley Plasma Centers Seeing Increased Amount of Donors

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, November 28 2018 Nov 28, 2018 November 28, 2018 5:52 PM November 28, 2018 in News

MCALLEN – Plasma centers continue to pop up across the Rio Grande Valley.

Many people living on the Mexican side of the border cross into the U.S. to give their plasma in exchange for money – payments can range from $30 to more than $100.

A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew made a visit to a plasma center in McAllen to learn more about the payment system.

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KRGV’s Daisy Martinez spoke with people who say selling their plasma will help them get through the holidays.

"During that lapse of time you either have to have saved-up money or get a bonus, but that's just not enough,” says plasma donor Magali Perez.

Perez explains she’s noticed an increased amount of people at the plasma centers.

Although these centers are packed, United Blood Services continues to struggle to find donors.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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