Donating Hair for People With Cancer and More

If you’ve heard that you can donate your hair to benefit women and children with cancer, you’re correct. There are several organizations that welcome donations of hair, but these organizations may have different requirements and may use the donations for different causes. Some of these…

Donating Bone Marrow Is Easy and Important: Here’s Why

Bone marrow is a soft, spongy material found in your large bones. It makes more than 200 billion new blood cells every day, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. But for people with bone marrow disease, including several types of cancer, the…

How safe is donation?

If you are thinking of donating a kidney, it is important to consider your decision carefully. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “How safe is it to live with one kidney?” After all, most of us are born with two! Donor safety is…

Donating a car to charity? You might want to pump the brakes

Thinking of donating your clunker to charity for a nice tax deduction? Proceed with caution. The gifting of used cars to “charities” has become a favorite way for Americans to dispose of unwanted vehicles. And why not? You can avoid the headache of selling or…

16 Things You Need to Know About Donating Your Eggs

If you’ve ever wondered about donating your eggs, but have a ton of questions about the process, you’re not alone. Here, Dr. Brian Levine, of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine in New York City, Dr. Kate Devine and Michele Purcell, RN, of Shady Grove…

Car Donations: Taking Taxpayers for a Ride

Car donations to charities seem like a win-win proposition. A donor gets a hassle-free way of disposing of an old car and a fat tax deduction, a charity gets money that it would not otherwise receive through cash contributions and a middleman makes a tidy…

Advantages and disadvantages of donating blood

Each year, thousands of people rely on receiving donated blood and blood products to stay alive. Certain injuries and illnesses can quickly cause a person’s blood levels to drop. Without enough blood, they will not receive enough oxygen in their body, resulting in death. Many…

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Donating Blood

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Every day, roughly 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed in the U.S., the Red Cross reports. Simply put, that’s a lot of blood. Patients with sickle cell diseases or cancer need blood transfusions throughout…