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Tucson boy asks for PACC donations instead of birthday presents

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 21:29:24-04
A Tucson boy turning 11-years-old on Thursday has asked friends, family and the community to hold off on birthday presents this year. Instead, he wants donations. 
 
"I already have enough and I usually never use most of my presents," said James Siakotos. 
 
The newly turned 11-year-old says he told his mother that he would rather help the animals at Pima Animal Care Center than receive any gifts, 
 
"I'm doing this because at Pima Animal Care Center, the workers are very stressed and especially because July 4 just happened so there's probably a lot of runaways," said Siakotos. "I'm trying to reduce the stress and help the animals get a better life." 
 
Siakotos and his parents set up a booth outside KG's Westside Cafe Thursday morning and plan to take everything they've raised to PACC at 5 p.m. on July 7. 
 
His mother Kristin says if anyone would like to donate to James' cause, they can contact her at her email address kristin.siakotos@yahoo.com or meet them at PACC at 5 p.m. on July 7. They are collecting monetary donations as well as pet items like food and toys.