This 12 year old boy, named Darius, started making bow ties to assist with getting adopted homes for dogs. With the bowties on a dog, it helps them get noticed. He has made a big impact, all the while making a stylish statement in the dog world.
How it started:
Darius had an interest in fashion already at a young age. At eight years old, he had difficulty with his motor skills, so he began helping his sister with cutting fabric to increase his motor skills. From there, he became interested in sewing bowties.
In 2017, he discovered the path to making his sewing interest also benefit puppies and dogs in need of homes. It started with helping the homeless animals that came about from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
He found out that some of the dogs were rescued and transported over to a shelter in New York City. He thought that if he could give these dogs bowties and help them get noticed, that would be his way of contributing to finding them homes. The goal was to add to their appeal to get them adopted more quickly.
“These dogs need to be adopted, and I wanna help them get noticed,” Darius stated to the NY Post.
Generous Heart Recognized by Many:
Darius wanted to give back in any way he could. He gave bowties to adoption centers and shelters both in the United Kingdom and in the US.
His generosity and kind acts have gained the attention of influential people, including former President Obama. Obama recognized Darius’ compassionate efforts and commitment to service. Darius has gotten recognition from The New York Knicks and the Giants and NBA players. He has also made appearances on tv shows, and Darius has been interviewed on several newscasts. Darius is truly making a difference.
Darius Future Goals:
And he doesn’t want to stop here. Darius intends to volunteer at various dog shelters, helping to care for the homeless dogs. He will help with the adoption process and of course, provide each with a fashionable bowtie.
Darius also says that he would like to have his own clothing line one day and create his own dog food.
Darius is an inspiration to all of us. His caring and generous heart and his determination to make a difference show how a person can make such an impact.