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Kid entrepreneur teams up with UPS to help give back

At 8 years old, Treandos is all about bow ties, but not because of fashion. It's about how much he looks up to his dad and wants to look out for others.

ATLANTA — Treandos Thornton keeps doing big things in his business - and for others.

11Alive has been following his story for three years as he built T&N Bow Ties and Apparel with his brother.

The "kid-preneur" and CEO is one with a purpose to help, and on Friday, his message will travel in ways he never imagined. 

At 8 years old, Treandos is all about bow ties, but not because of fashion. It's about how much he looks up to his dad and wants to look out for others.

"Helping other people that are less fortunate than me, that's why I started my food and toy drive," he said.

"I was watching a commercial on people who didn't have food. So I asked, 'why are they crying?'," he recalled.

"And I explained to him, not everybody is as fortunate as he, and he said, 'that's not right mommy and daddy. I want to do something about it'," his mom recounted.

Treandos, his brother Noah and his family are the force behind a food and toy drive in Atlanta he started when he was just 4 - for United Food Force. 

Atlanta-based shipping giant UPS heard about Treandos' mission and wanted to help him cover more ground. His family gave each driver a gold bow tie. UPS had a gift too – a truck full of donations for his drive.

Together, they'll carry a message of caring all over Georgia and beyond. On Friday, 2,000 UPS drivers will wear gold bow ties for wishes delivered. They hope to inspire people to give, as they can, to their local food banks.