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11-year-old girl wants to "pay it forward" for her birthday

Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 20:34:31-04

An Omaha sixth grader has a birthday wish unlike most other kids her age. She's choosing to celebrate her birthday this year, not with presents or cake but with an act of kindness.

11-year-old Mia Rodriguez spent the last several birthdays helping rescue dogs, feeding the hungry and collecting clothing donations for children in need. This year, she's supporting the badge.

Mia Rodriguez's birthday wish is simple - to pay it forward. She's trading presents for supplies like beef jerky, hand sanitizer and gift cards - to make care packages for nearly 1,000 Omaha police officers.

"Some people want a big birthday party and I don't want a birthday party. I want to give stuff away," said Mia Rodriguez.

The gift bags will be delivered this January during Mia's birthday weekend. Each bag will have a special message of appreciation inside, along with a poem thanking the officers for protecting and serving.

"They have been through a rough time with all the shootings and stuff so I just think it would be give them a good word," said Mia Rodriguez.

Mia already has big plans for turning 13. She wants to put together care packages for children fighting cancer.

"It's exciting to see because I know she is going to change the world and I want to see her change the world," said Kyle Rodriguez, Mia's mother.

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