'Do Work That Matters;' Local teen spreading message with clothing brand
DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- It's the police, fire and EMS in our communities who are willing to give the shirts off their backs to help those in need. But one local teen is willing to put shirts on their backs to push his message of "Doing Work That Matters."
He calls them the heroes next door.
Miller Browning is making a statement by hitting the streets to spread his message.
Browning stopped by ABC 13's Danville Bureau to personally deliver one of his custom made shirts.
He later paid a special visit to the Danville Fire Department. Browning gave firefighters at Station 1 shirts, as a way to honor and thank them for the work they do.
"That's something we don't see a lot of but we do appreciate it," said Thomas Napier, a Danville Fire Captain. "We never know when we might get called to go help somebody, and a lot of us that work here do the work that matters."
Browning recognized that hard work at a young age.
That's why he started his clothing line "Do Work That Matters" when he was just 11-years-old.
"It's about honoring the heroes next door, you know police firefighters and everything, because without them our lives would be completely different and we don't really recognize them as much as we should."
He started the company as a way to honor his grandfather, who was a Virginia farmer.
"He at a young age saw the hard work that they did and wanted to do something for him by making a t-shirt," said Chriscilla Browning, Miller's mother.
Browning designed his first shirt a year ago in his grandfather's honor. Since then the brand has expanded.
Browning's mother is moved by her son's dedication.
"He really didn't come to me with the idea it was like he was doing it on his own and we saw it and we were like well where did this come from," she said.
Browning has been able to sell a couple hundred shirts since getting the business up and running.
"It's pretty cool to have people come up to me like 'Hey I know you you're the Do Work That Matters guy,'" Browning said.
You can buy one of Browning's shirts here.