Boy Asks for Donations to Help Animal Shelter Instead of Birthday Presents

TRENTON, Maine (WABI) - A young boy in Trenton is celebrating his birthday by helping animals.

Aiden Sykes turns eight years old on January 31st.

But in lieu of birthday presents he's asked family and friends to buy supplies for the animals at the SPCA of Hancock County.

The birthday party invitations he's sent out include a list of items needed by the shelter...

"All the commercials that I've seen about this it's made me sad,” says Aiden. “And that's why I want to do this and help the cats at the shelter and the dogs here too."

"We really love it when we hear about kids doing things like this,” says Diana de los Santos. “They're involved in their community. They understand about being a part of something like this."

To see the wishlist of items or to donate you can visit