Kids are often unaware of their self-images until they reach their mid-teen years, but that wasn’t quite the story for Moziah Bridges.
The young lad wasn’t your ordinary 4-year-old in sneakers, shorts, and a t-shirt from Walmart. He’d wear a crisp suit matched with a cool bow tie.
By age 9, Moziah was already deep into the fashion industry, where he launched his company, Mo’s Bows. This would spearhead Moziah into a world of success, but he never forgot where it all started.
So, the young entrepreneur turned philanthropist made efforts to give back to the community. Read on to learn more about Mo’s Bows' philanthropic efforts and how they have helped the community.
Where It All Began
A young Moziah Bridges from Memphis, Tennessee, had no idea he’d one day grow to become a successful and well-renowned entrepreneur. As a kid, Moziah began looking for bow ties he liked but struggled to find any. So he approached his grandmother and asked her to help sew a few pieces from her fabrics.
Little did Moziah know that his sewing skills would help him build an empire in the coming years. His creations have earned him thousands of dollars in revenue, and his story has been featured on numerous sites such as HuffPost and Forbes.
While the young entrepreneur draws inspiration from moguls who’ve conquered the fashion industry, such as Shark Tank’s Daymond John of FUBU, Moziah cites his parents as his greatest inspirations.
"He gives me great advice," Moziah told Yahoo! Finance on his relationship with Daymond."Just to always stay humble and always stay true to my brand. And always, most importantly, take care of my mom."
Launching the GoMo Scholarship Fund Bow Tie
Ever since he began sewing bow ties at 9, Moziah has burnt the midnight oil to make his company work. His efforts bore fruits as he managed to sell his bow ties, racking thousands of dollars. Mo, as friends and family occasionally refer to him, decided to give back to the community. Therefore, he launched the GoMo Scholarship Fund in 2012. The teenager gives credit to his mother for instilling discipline and teaching him to be kind.
“I made this bow tie called the Go Mo! Scholarship Bow Tie and 100 percent of the proceeds go to help kids go to summer camp because I feel like it’s good to help the community and that’s what I’m doing,” he told Forbes.
His mother, Tramica Morris, who is also his business partner, encouraged Moziah to start an initiative to give back to the community, and so far, it has been quite successful.
What Does the GoMo Scholarship Fund Do?
Through the GoMo Scholarship Fund, the Mo’s Bows CEO organized a way to give back to the community. Moziah chooses a particular bow tie from the yearly designs and patterns and sends a hundred percent of the proceeds to his philanthropic efforts.
Mo’s Bows uses the money to send a few kids to summer camp. Charity begins at home. Bridges and his company often pick a few kids from his hometown, Orange Mound, and send them to Glenview Community Center. He sponsors their meals and stays the entire summer break.
In 2016, GoMo expanded its annual fundraiser to include neckties in the sale collection. Only three years after the fundraiser’s initiation, Mo collected more than $4,000, which he used to sponsor kids for summer camp.
Finding Excellence Within And Beyond
Philanthropy comes from within. It takes a great heart and soul to give back to the community and do good beyond one’s four walls. Mo’s Bows founder and CEO has been an outstanding and exemplary example of what a leader should be.
The GoMo Scholarship Fund has indeed changed numerous lives from one thoughtful intention.