Long Island girl raises funds for diabetic alert dogs

When Santa didn't bring Emma Brussell the diabetic alert dog she wanted for Christmas last year, she decided to take matters into her own hands, literally. The 9-year-old from Farmingdale, Long Island, has type-1 diabetes. With help from her mom, she has been auctioning off her artwork to raise money herself.

Kelly Brussell, her mother, said an old high school friend paid Emma $100 for her painting of a tree. That was just the beginning. Emma said someone paid her $5,000 for a painting because they were so inspired.

And an anonymous donor was so inspired that they gave Emma the $15,000 she'd need for the dog. To return the favor, Emma started her own nonprofit to help others with type-1 diabetes.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Emma is asking all of her followers to help with fundraising. Her organization is participating in charitable giving on Facebook to match up to $1,000 per fundraiser and up to $50,000 per nonprofit. Emma said she is asking for donations to buy diabetic-alert dogs for other people with diabetes.

Emma's dog Rufus is expected to finish training by April. He'll be another layer of protection to help Emma along her journey.