This New Jersey teen is doing his part to help rescue dogs! Sir Darius Brown sews bowties for dogs and cats to help them get adopted.

Brown thought of the idea in 2017 after seeing animals displaced from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “I didn’t have a lot of money to help so I used my creative skills,” he wrote on Instagram in January. His mom Joy Brown shared that he started making bowties to help animals at the ASPCA in New York.

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“He now has this thing where he spins the wheel and he selects a state and animal shelter,” his sister, Dazhai Shearz, told CNN affiliate WCBS.

Darius received a Presidential Commendation for his services in 2018. The teen is now raising money to distribute even more bowties! You can donate here.

 

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“I know that I’m doing something right, raising an amazing kid who is inspiring people all over the world,” his mom said. “I tell him all the time, ‘I wanna be like you when I grow up.'”

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