They say donating blood is a selfless act.
On Thursday, 11 strangers met one little girl they saved when they rolled up their sleeve for a good cause.
The Oklahoma Blood Institute Blood Thanks & Giving Day held at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, is an annual appreciation event for members of the community who frequently donate blood.
The event was also a rare opportunity for a blood recipient to meed blood donors who helped save her life.
3 year-old Kally Kiger was born with a heart defect. She had her first surgery at two days old and by the third surgery she was in need of blood and platelets.
"It took forty people to save this little sweethearts life," said Kally's mother Theresa Kiger.
Over the course of three years, forty people are credited with donating blood and platelets to Kally. Theresa said her daughter is now a happy, healthy 3-year-old who loves gymnastics and singing. She said her daughter is alive because of excellent surgeons at St. Francis Children's Hospital and generous donors.
"You always wonder who it was out there that took an hour of their day to save a precious life," Theresa said.
It isn't a mystery any more.
On Thursday, the Kiger family was reunited with eleven of the donors. One of the platelet's donors, Katherine Gallagher, said the meeting made donation more meaningful.
"Knowing that you can see and meet them, that makes is so much more personal," Katherine said.
Theresa said the gift from strangers, is something she will be forever grateful for. "She's a miracle," Theresa said.
Other members who frequently donate blood were recognized at the OBI Blood Thanks & Giving Event as well.
Dr. Armitage, OBI President and CEO, said the event helps to spotlight Oklahomans helping Oklahomans. "Tonight is a celebration for all of the donors and most importantly, a time to say thank you." Dr. Armitage said.