5-year-old boy selling handmade bracelets to raise money for animal shelter

Posted at 7:18 AM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 11:37:28-04

He's not even in kindergarten yet and already one Mid-Michigan boy is giving back to his community.

5-year-old Drake Bowen has a smile that will light up a room and he's hoping to spread that smile by making and selling bracelets to raise money for our four legged friends at the Ingham County Animal Shelter

His motive is simple.

“So I can pet them and play with them,” said Bowen.

“Animals have always been close to our heart,” said Nicole Belman, Drakes mother. “He has grown up around them and loves them so I suggested that we use some money to donate for the animal shelter for toys and food.”

It all started when mom bought beads around Christmas to make bracelets for gifts to family.

Ever since, Drake hasn't stopped and has dedicated his free time to the cause. He's now even going to craft shows.

“He spends all evening, he’ll start around the time he gets out of school around 4:30 p.m. and he will work on them till I say bedtime around 8,” said Belman.

It's an efficient process. Drake will put the beads in order, cut the string, and mom will add the finishing touches and tie it all together.

She's even helping sales.

“I take the bracelets to work and sell them there, friends online buy them, we list them on the Facebook yard sale sites and people buy them,” said Belman.

Already Drake has raised over $150 and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

“We'd like to continue selling them besides donating to the animal shelter,” said Belman “It'd be nice to start a savings account for him since he’s only five and teach him about the business world so he gets familiar with that.”

So far half of Drake's profits have been donated to the animal shelter.

Drake and his mom have bought more than $100 in toys and food and they'd like to buy blankets or beds for the dogs.

Drake and his mother have plans to be set up at a Mason craft show in May.

If you interested in learning more about Drake’s bracelets or would like to purchase one, click here to visit the Facebook page.

Bracelets are being sold for $1.