Young Buffalo bow-tie entrepreneur, 11, giving back with a community backpack giveaway

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – At eleven years old, Shelden Gibbs could be one of the youngest CEOs in Western New York.

Since starting a successful hand-made bow tie business as a ten-year-old, he’s sold his creations around the world through his website. Now, he’s giving back to the community.

Next weekend, he’ll give away 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to Buffalo children, to make sure that they’re prepared for their first day of school. The giveaway will take place at the “First Annual Backpack Summer Jam Giveaway” 12-2pm on Sept. 2 at the New Hope Church of God by Faith on Woodlawn Avenue.

Gibbs makes and sells the bowties through his company, “Classic Knot”. He makes the bowties by hand, a skill his mother, Rhonda Woods, has helped him perfect.

“One of the parts of a successful company is being able to give back to the community,” Woods said, “plus, it is very important that kids are prepared for the first day of school- it makes the difference.”

In addition to the backpack giveaway, the event will involve food, a DJ, a clown, and activities. For more information, call the “Classic Knot” company phone at 544-8840.

Watch Gibbs’ Wake Up! appearance below:

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