Darius was moved by the plight of the animals after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. He decided to do something about it.
Darius Brown, 12, from Newark, New Jersey, has a wonderful hobby that is having a great impact on the animals who are in need of rescue. As reported by Today, this young man has been creating special bow-ties for dogs for them to get noticed and then get adopted.
His hobby follows his own story of perseverance wherein he fought against all odds to beat his own developmental delays. When Darius was only 2-year-old, he was diagnosed with speech delay, comprehension delay, and fine motor skills delay which could have become weaknesses which Darius never allowed them to be.
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Darius' mother, Joy Brown, and his sister, sister Dazhai Brown-Shearz, came up with the plan to help him develop his motor skills by doing simple things like prepping ribbons, sowing fabric together etc. They were able to see a good response on his side when Darius started designing bow-ties. He also started wearing them almost everywhere he went.
Darius had a moment of inspiration after knowing about the plight of animals following the devastations caused by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. It was during that time that he decided to play his part and find a way to help the animals in need. He started donating bow ties to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He has also been raising funds to create and donate more.
Darius has been able to create his own brand Beaux and Paws, which creates these bow ties and he uses the proceeds to help dogs. He told Today that “It helps the dog look noticeable, very attractive. It helps them find a forever, loving home … I love everything about dogs and cats.” With almost 46,000 followers on his Instagram page, he has been able to create a space for himself while doing what he loves the most, to help those who need it the most.