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Community comes together to help raise money for service dog for Maine boy with autism

The York community is coming together and making a difference for a young boy with autism. (WGME)

YORK (WGME) -- The York community is coming together and making a difference for a young boy with autism.

Jackson is 6-years old and is non-verbal.

His parents are hoping to get him a service dog to provide protection and safety.

Since Jackson has a tendency to sometimes wander, his parents hope the dog will be an extra set of eyes to help watch him.

A comedy show will be held Friday night to raise money for the dog.

“I think it would give Jackson a friend. He has friends but it would give him a friend, a companion that would be really great for him,” Greg and Christa Silva, Jackson’s parents, said.

The Silvas have already raised 413,000 of the $25,000 needed for the dog.

They hope the comedy show at the York Harbor Inn will cover the rest.

Tickets are still available but are going quick. They're $35 at the door.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.

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