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After weeks of preparation and hundreds of donated items, a 9-year-old Byron girl's military care packages are ready for their big send off.

We first told you about Alyssa Skinner, who collected the packages for her own birthday, last month.

Since then, the donations have poured in from across Central Georgia.

It takes a lot of thought to put together a care package. What exactly to put in....

"There's chips. There's sunglasses. There's razors," Skinner said.

And just where to put all of them.

But it's the amount of compassion stuffed into every one of 9-year-old Alyssa Skinner's bags that makes them so special.

"I decided to make 103 care packages for the military," she said.

Alyssa found it was better to give than to receive for her birthday this year. She said she wanted nothing more than to give troops care packages.

"Dear Military, thank you for all that you do and since you do this for the country," she said.

And that's exactly what she'll finally get to do Friday morning. It's something Alyssa's been working on since August. In just a few weeks, she's gathered snacks and toiletries from across Central Georgia after her mother says a post of her birthday wish was shared more than a thousand times on Facebook.

The reason for the care packages, Alyssa says is simple.

"I wanted to do this because you do all this stuff for me, and you don't even know most of us," she said.

It takes a lot of thought to put together a care package, but it takes even more heart.

"I hope you win the battle, and I hope you come home safe," she said.


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