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Young entrepreneur giving back on Black Friday

Posted at 11:13 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 14:52:59-05

A local middle school student is taking a new approach to Black Friday. Instead of buying gifts this season, the 13-year-old is selling them for a good cause. 

Dylen Richmond was busy Wednesday preparing kits of school supplies. 

"I wanted to start my own business while helping the community," Richmond said. 

Richmond plans to sell the school supply kits, which he calls "Power Packs" at the Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet on Decatur and Oakey on Black Friday. However, he won't be keeping the proceeds. 

Richmond runs a business called "AccelKids." He collects $5 per power pack then donates the supplies inside to schools around Las Vegas.

"My teachers, they would buy their own school supplies, and they wouldn't get paid back for that, so I just decided to build my own business," he said. 

Richmond was able to create the business with the help of an organization called, "Buy Black Depot". The organization focuses on helping young people become entrepreneurs. 

More than 170 people have donated to Richmond's cause in the two weeks he's been doing business at the swap meet.