As the world continues to grapple with the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are rallying up to help in any way they can. Sir Darius Brown, a 13-year-old entrepreneur and animal advocate from New Jersey, falls in that category.
As noted by People, Sir Darius is currently busy making cloth face masks for essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. In light of the pandemic, the teenager, who started an organization called Beaux & Paws and makes bowties for shelter animals to encourage adoption, has sewn 75 masks and counting and is planning to donate them to hospitals in the New York and New Jersey areas.
Helping others is Sir Darius's passion and, as evidenced on his Instagram account, he has been so far lauded by the likes of President Barack Obama for his good works.
The CDC is currently recommending that all people wear cloth face masks (or face "covers") when doing essential runs — whether that may be to the grocery store or the pharmacy. Due to the virus, there's also a shortage of protective equipment (PPE), and many fashion and beauty brands have stepped up to help provide healthcare workers with the protection they need.
Even in light of the shortage, the COVID-19 virus can present in asymptomatic or "pre-symptomatic" ways. In those instances, it’s possible to carry the virus without realizing. Wearing a cloth face mask like the ones Sir Darius has been making helps protect others when you're out in public.
"I hope everyone is safe & healthy and staying home during this crisis we are facing," Sir Darius wrote on Instagram, sharing photos of himself at his sewing machine. "Today I am working on creating surgical masks to donate since the hospitals have a shortage on masks. This first one came out great. Let’s all work together, help out where we can, and especially practice social distancing so we can all get through this pandemic. In the midst of this storm remember to smile and STAY PAW-SOME!!!!"
“I hope [this] inspires other teens around the world to use their passion and talents to help others especially during a crisis like we are facing right now with the coronavirus pandemic,” Sir Darius told Teen Vogue via email. If you're feeling inspired by Sir Darius Brown's mission, you can donate to his GoFundMe, which helps him purchase fabric and supplies for the masks and dog bowties. You can also make your own fabric masks and do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Let us slide into your DMs. Sign up for the Teen Vogue daily email.
Want more from Teen Vogue? Check this out: Detroit Kids Are Making Masks to Fight COVID-19
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue