Darius Brown, a two years old boy was diagnosed with developmental delays, but a hobby that creating bow ties has helped him thrive while benefiting the animals he loves.
Darius Brown, 12, has two great passions: bow ties and animals. So, the Resident of Newark, New Jersey, helps shelter pets dress for success by donating their unique tie ties to rescue organizations across the country.
“It helps the dog look remarkable, very attractive,” he told TODAY. “It helps them to find a loving home and forever … I love everything about dogs and cats.”
The work of love began to help Darius himself. He was diagnosed with speech delay, delayed comprehension, and delayed excellent motor skills when he was two years old. Her mother, Joy Brown, 40, and sister Dazhai Brown-Shearz, 22, have diligently encouraged his development.
Darius made a breakthrough at age 8 when Brown-Shearz was in cosmetology school and made hair ribbons for little girls.
“With his fine motor skills, he couldn’t use his hands well, tying a shoe was a challenge,” he told. “My mom & I came up with an idea that if he helped us with things like preparing the ribbon or cutting it, and sewing cloth together, that would help. And he did, it worked!
Darius began designing bow ties and wearing them every day. People stopped Darius on the street and asked where they could buy one. So he started the custom company of bow ties Beaux & Paws to make bow ties for people and their pets.
“I always wear bow ties,” Darius said. “Literally wherever I go, I wear a bow tie.”
Like many other Americans, Darius was deeply affected by the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. When he learned that displaced dogs and cats flooded the shelters and that they would be slaughtered if they were not adopted, he knew he had to do something.
Darius began donating ties to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Since then, he has given hundreds of links to shelters across the country and is raising funds to donate even more.
When people buy Beaux & Paws ties, it helps them buy bow tie materials that they will donate, also, donate a portion of each sale to the ASPCA. The good Samaritans have even begun to give fabrics and supplies to Darius.
“Donations help a lot because we were digging in our pockets, buying the fabric ourselves,” his mother said in an interview.
Darius has won many awards for his efforts to help homeless pets and even received a special letter from former President Barack Obama congratulating him on his work. “That was overwhelming!”, Darius excited.
Now, he’s raising funds to increase the production of bow ties and have a plane to travel this summer to at least five other states of America and as many animal shelters as he can donate bow ties and help with adoption events.
Darius’s mother couldn’t be prouder. Although online trolls can post petty messages on social media (“Sir” Darius Brown has more than 45,500 Instagram followers), her child won’t let that stop him.
“We are very proud of Darius. He’s overtaken a lot, and he’s still on his journey to overcome many things,” Brown said. “He goes ahead for what he believes.”
Darius is incredibly grateful for his family.
“Mum is very supportive and made many sacrifices for me. And my sister, she sacrificed her two years of college, so I could help my mom because my mom is a single mother and my sister had known it that it was going to be difficult for her,” he said. “I just owe everything to my sister and my mother.”