At 20 years of age, Madison “Peach" Steiner was a young philanthropist striving to lead a purposeful life by inspiring kindness through art. Her initial “pay it forward” mission to create custom, hand-painted shoes for children fighting cancer and living with disabilities morphed into the major nonprofit called Peach’s Neet Feet. Founded in 2011, Peach’s Neet Feet (PNF) is a 501c3 organization based in New Mexico that is dedicated to helping all children living with a disability or life-threatening illness. PNF provides hope, support, and kindness to children battling illnesses that range from spina bifida to cancer to muscular dystrophy. PNF collects and distributes unique, one-of-a-kind hand-painted canvas shoes by artists across the country that are personalized to the child’s likes, interests, or favorite characters or heroes. This simple handmade gift offers hope and brings positivity to each child’s courageous fight. To date, over 3,500 pairs of shoes have been distributed to help thousands of kids and their families. The organization also distributes toys and art supplies to kids who are facing long-term hospital stays. These care packages provide a much-needed creative outlet to children battling strenuous and painful treatments.
To bring community awareness and help in fundraising efforts, PNF also hosts Peach Parties which help kids, families, PNF staff, and other volunteers connect and gather in celebration of art and togetherness. The parties last for two-three hours and offer up to 10 fun stations for arts, crafts, and fellowship. Peach Parties are also a time for shoe recipients to fill out applications, have their feet measured, and talk about their ideal future personalized kicks. If you’re interested in hosting a PNF Peach Party at your local hospital or community center, visit www.peachsneetfeet.com/peach-parties.
Another fun volunteer option is becoming a PNF Shoe Fairy. Shoe Fairies, wearing wings and carrying magic wands with pixie dust, have the important and rewarding job of delivering shoes to hospitalized children. If you’re interested in becoming a Shoe Fairy, fill out the application that can be found at www.peachsneetfeet.com/shoe-fairies.
Peach’s Neet Feet needs our help, too! We’re calling all Craft Ideas readers to get involved by sponsoring a pair of shoes for one of PNF’s Fighters, or a child fighting cancer or battling a disability. A minimum gift of $40 can pay for the cost of labor, supplies, and shipping for a custom-painted pair of canvas shoes from one of the 23 painters on staff who are located all around the country. This dedicated, talented team designs and paints a pair of shoes specific to each child’s interest and personality. These shoes are truly works or art! To learn how you can donate to PNF and sponsor a pair of shoes, visit www.peachsneetfeet.com/sponsor-a-shoe.
You can also check out our Win It! Giveaway for a Rock Your Kicks DIY Paint Kit for Canvas Sneakers (page 8) which you can use to create a custom-painted pair of canvas sneakers for a kid in your life. As the mission of Peach’s Neet Feet is to spread kindness through art and “pay it forward,” here’s a great opportunity to win an awesome painting kit and design a pair of sneakers for a special kid in your life. For more info on Peach’s Neet Feet, visit them online at www.peachsneetfeet.com or at www.facebook.com/PeachsNeetFeet.