RAF MOLESWORTH — Four hundred seventy-five milliliters of blood may not seem like a lot. Really, it’s just under a pint, and the body can replenish it in a day.

But it’s enough to help three people in need.

And thanks to an RAF Alconbury Girl Scout, Britain’s National Blood Service collected 26 units of blood for its supply.

The National Blood Service is used to working with volunteers in setting up blood drives. But the volunteers are normally adults from local businesses and nonprofit organizations — not 17-year- old high-school students.

But Laura Miller is not your everyday philanthropist.

“She’s the first person we’ve dealt with at that age,” said National Blood Service spokeswoman Joanne Axford. “She’s taken on the idea and really run with it. She did it all really.”

Miller’s been a Girl Scout for 13 years and needed a project to earn her Gold Award, which is the rough equivalent to becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scout. She is set to be the first RAF Alconbury Girl Scout to earn the Gold Award in 20 years.

“You have to do a project that not only affects your community, but also the larger community,” she said. “You have to reach out and help people you don’t even know.”

So she teamed up with the National Blood Service, which had conducted blood drives on RAF Molesworth but had not in the past several years. She chose RAF Molesworth because her father is a retired Marine who works there.

“We’re hoping to start it up again for good, to have it be a continuous thing again,” Miller said. “Loads of people use the National Health Service, and this blood will help both the Americans and British.”

Prior to the blood drive, Miller had been busy with the Girl Scouts in a variety of projects relating to both the military and British society at large.

She participated in the U.S. Department of Justice program to help install a “bully-free zone” at her school and she served as a leader to the scores of younger Girl Scouts at RAF Alconbury’s Troop No. 45.

She also made a cameo appearance in the Walter Cronkite film “The Legacy of War,” when she was cleaning headstones at Cambridge’s Madingley American Cemetery.

Miller’s mother was on hand to help during the blood drive, and praised her efforts.

“The Girls Scouts has helped her become a strong leader, and it’s something she can do when she has her own children to continue to serve her community,” Ruth Miller said.

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