We always say at Women You Should Know “you don’t need to be moving mountains to make a difference”, which is exactly what came to mind when we met Madison “Peach” Steiner, founder of the non-profit, Peach’s Neet Feet.
Through random acts of kindness, Madison and her team at Peach’s Neet Feet, create and donate custom, hand-painted shoes to children living with disabilities and long term illnesses. Every shoe is designed to complement each child’s life, interests, and courageous fight. “These kids are fighting for their lives, if I can do one small thing for them, I am going to,” Madison told WYSK.
In return, Madison asks that the recipients and their families spread the kindness to another person in need, creating a massive ripple affect of good deeds.
Peach’s Neet Feet started in Madison’s bedroom with a spark of fierce desire to make a difference. After dropping out of high school at the age of 16, Madison got her GED, attended college classes and graduated with a degree in Human Services/Social Work studies. Madison was determined to use her talent of painting and her love of working with children, while teaching the importance of art and expression, and the power of paying it forward.
Founded in 2011, Peach’s Neet Feet has become a gateway to connect people, inspiring hundreds to donate shoes, time, and money to bring a smile to a child who is struggling. Named winner of the 2012 Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s Extreme Kindness Challenge, to date, the organization has donated over 1200 pairs of painted shoes and counting.
With each act of kindness Madison gives, she gets so much more in return, “The kids teach me to be humble, be resilient and to look past the little things in life. The things you might look at and let get you down,” said Madison.
We were first introduced to Madison, through our dear friend Deborah Schwartz, whose son Eli has been battling Leukemia. “I found Peach’s Neet Feet one night at 2am when I couldn’t sleep following Eli’s diagnosis. What Madison and her team created for Eli was such an incredibly uplifting gift. It was so personal and thoughtful and the attention to detail that went into them just made him (and me) so happy! He’s so proud wearing them. It’s one of those gifts that I will save forever,” Deborah shared.
Madison is a young philanthropist who really just wants to live a purposeful life, to inspire quietly with passion, and to change the world. Through Peach’s Neet Feet, she is doing just that, one sole at a time.
Original post Jan 2014: http://womenyoushouldknow.net/peachs-neet-feet-changing-childrens-lives-one-sole-time/