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(WBIR) After weeks of hard work, a young East Tennessee boy got the chance to see his charitable birthday wish come true.

Instead of presents for his 12th birthday this weekend, Nicholas Bryant asked for cases of water bottles.

He began his water collection last year after helping his church feed the homeless and learning that people also needed bottled water.

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On Saturday, he donated the water he's collected to the homeless around the area. His gift started out small -- but it didn't take long for others to pitch in and help. This year, he said he collected more than 300 cases of water.

Nick's gift also inspired donations from all over East Tennessee, Florida, and even Alaska.

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