While many of us prepare to take some time off over the holidays, the need for blood donors never takes a vacation.
No one knows that better than 12-year-old Emma Miller and her 8-year-old sister Izzy. Wednesday they spent the morning in Fremont saying thank you to blood donors for saving their lives.
With t-shirts to get their message across, they went to blood donors one by one.
“That's kind of why I’m here to help them to see how important it is. And with just one donation, you can save up to three lives,” says Emma Miller.
At the age of two Emma was diagnosed with cancer and an autoimmune disorder. She's done with chemotherapy, but she still needs plasma on a regular basis.
“I need it every week, once every week, to keep my immune system high.”
Izzy also credits blood donors with saving her life.
“When I was a baby, I was a preemie and I was born nine weeks early, and I needed more blood.”
Many came out to donate, to help show their support for the girls. Barb Scott was one of them.
“I remember taking care of Emma. I knew that she had to receive blood products frequently. So I wanted to come down and replace some blood for her,” says Scott.
Dennis Hume also donated blood.
“I just think it's a community thing. There's just so many people in need like these two kids. It's just something that I feel like I’ve wanted to do.
Blood donors are especially needed over the holidays as donations tend to decline this time of year.
For more information on donating blood to the American Red Cross call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Or visit their website at the bottom of this story.