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ROXBURY -- J'Vari James has just turned five. He and his mother and sister have been living in a homeless shelter in Roxbury for the past three months. His father was murdered in the past year. Like most boys, J'Vari has high energy. 'I like playing games and running,' he says. 'I like playing monsters. I like playing hide and sneak. I like playing ball.' To help him feel special, the Newton-based Birthday Wishes organization, which works with 45 local shelters, threw him a birthday party. A volunteer painted his face like Spiderman, and kids decorated their party hats before having cake and opening presents. J'Vari wanted anything to do with Transformers. And he had a birthday wish: 'My stuff is mine in storage, and I want to go back to home.' (Photo and Audio by Suzanne Kreiter, Globe Staff) audio: Lisa Vasiloff, Executive Director and founder of Birthday Wishes, Inc., on the party <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'>
A birthday wish
ROXBURY -- J'Vari James has just turned five. He and his mother and sister have been living in a homeless shelter in Roxbury for the past three months. His father was murdered in the past year. Like most boys, J'Vari has high energy. "I like playing games and running," he says. "I like playing monsters. I like playing hide and sneak. I like playing ball." To help him feel special, the Newton-based Birthday Wishes organization, which works with 45 local shelters, threw him a birthday party. A volunteer painted his face like Spiderman, and kids decorated their party hats before having cake and opening presents. J'Vari wanted anything to do with Transformers. And he had a birthday wish: "My stuff is mine in storage, and I want to go back to home."

(Photo and Audio by Suzanne Kreiter, Globe Staff)

audio: Lisa Vasiloff, Executive Director and founder of Birthday Wishes, Inc., on the party