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Alabama man helps troops enjoy BCS Championship

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Alabama kicks off against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game a week from Monday. Alabama kicks off against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game a week from Monday.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama kicks off against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game a week from Monday. And a North Alabama man is working to get Alabama troops serving overseas in on the action, with team t-shirts.

Justin Crisler created the Facebook group Tide for Troops, with the goal to donate an Alabama shirt to all the Alabama soldiers who are serving overseas.

He's taking donations for some of the orders but has also put hundreds of dollars of his own to make sure they're shipped before the big game.

More than 40 shirts made it to Afghanistan on Monday, and another order is expected to go out to nearly 200 North Alabama soldiers in the coming days.

"I had my headphones in and I saw the box and I started dancing. I started singing because I was waiting for my shirt," said soldier Austin Strickland.

Strickland helped hand out the other shirts to troops in Afghanistan Monday morning and said the shirts were gone in half an hour.

To learn more about the Tide for Troops project, visit their Facebook page or send an email to tidefortroops@gmail.com

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