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THE CHIVE: WOMAN BRINGS BIG SMILES TO KIDS IN NEED

21-year old college student Madison ‘Peach’ Steiner 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, personality and courageous fight. “These kids are fighting for their lives, if I can do one small thing for them, I am going to”. She talks about her passion in depth here.

The shoes draw inspiration from many different things, like this pair which shows the characters from Tangled.

Or this one, depicting the turtles from Finding Nemo.

The organization was founded in 2011, when Steiner was looking for a way to combine her passions for art and random acts of kindness. While the Peach’s Neet Feet organization began small, the project has grown exponentially. It now includes multiple artists who help create, design and even custom paint the packaging.

Steiner decided to use shoes because she saw them as a way for children to show the world how unique they can be. The kids get to design their own with complete authority. As her husband Nick explains, “One pair of shoes might be covered in Disney princesses and cancer ribbons, while another might be adorned with superheroes and pizza. If a child wants it — no matter what it is — it makes it onto their shoes.”

Peach’s Neet Feet are backed by companies such as Vans and DecoArt, which help supply them with shoes and art supplies when needed.

Aside from creating physical objects, Peach’s Neet Feet also organizes events so that children and families can connect and expand their support systems.

You can find a number of T-shirts on their website, as well as opportunities to donate.

Original post Aug 2015: http://thechive.com/2015/04/30/woman-brings-big-smiles-to-kids-in-need-with-custom-shoes-21-photos-video/