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This boy with developmental delays designs bow ties to help shelter pets get adopted

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Darius Brown, 12, has two big passions: bow ties and animals. So the Newark, New Jersey, resident helps shelter pets dress for success by donating his one-of-a-kind bow ties to rescue organizations across the country.

The labor of love started as a way to help Darius himself. He was diagnosed with speech delay, comprehension delay and fine motor skills delay when he was 2 years old. His mother, Joy Brown, 40, and sister Dazhai Brown-Shearz, 22, have diligently encouraged his development.

Like many Americans, Darius was deeply affected by the devastation wreaked by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. When he learned about displaced dogs and cats flooding shelters — and that they would be euthanized if they weren’t adopted — he knew he needed to do something.
 

By Jen Reeder; photo courteous of Darius Brown

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