Friday, April 26, 2013

Spreading the love. Supporting kindness.

I'd like to share with you today an organization of special people that are making a difference in the lives of others by sharing their talent and passion. Spreading kindness, filled with love and giving freely from their hearts time and time again.

I came across Peach's Neet Feet on Facebook months ago. I looked through the photo albums containing pictures of children, the majority of them battling some form of cancer at the time, and pictures of canvas shoes painted with fun characters, doodads and names of children. Each pair of sneakers different than the other, personalized and uniquely special- just like the children who would be wearing them. These kids aren't just like any other kids- these kids are wise beyond their years, have seen and known pain. These kids are fighting.

It wasn't but a week or so later that we made the decision to make visiting Disney World a reality for our family. I wrote a quick email to the address provided on the PNF website, introducing our son and asking more about the process. I instantly assumed getting our boy a pair of these creative and uplifting shoes within 4 weeks time for our spontaneous trip was not a real possibility. I would have still greatly appreciated them putting his name on the waiting list, but I felt led to ask about the time frame as I knew it would be such a meaningful surprise as we prepared to get everything in order to travel to his very favorite place. Graciously, they put a rush on his pair of "magic shoes", as we call them, and assured me he would have them in time for his trip to Disney World. Kindness, love and passion is what fuels this growing tribe.

A tribe of artists and deeply caring volunteers giving their time to brighten a child's days. If you're on Facebook please consider "liking" their page (You can tell them Wyatt sent you!), follow along and encourage the children (and their families) as they battle some form of disease and then if you feel led, please visit their website to read more. And I urge you to strongly consider sponsoring a child's pair of "magic shoes", supporting the mission that was started by one young artist and is growing so, so quickly.

A small album containing photos of a navy blue pair of converse sneakers creatively painted with the iconic Disney World castle, fireworks bursting from behind it, the test track logo, a scene depicting the Epcot ball lit in color with sorcerer Mickey's hand holding a wand, Wyatt's name in his favorite colors - purple and green- and the Mitochondrial Disease awareness ribbon cleverly transformed into a roller coaster were posted on my Facebook wall in just a couple weeks time. All Wyatt's favorite things- just for him. A pair of "magic shoes" that no one else in the world could love as much as he does. Very cool!

PNF gets a high two thumbs up in our house! It's a charity worth supporting, the name worth sharing and a community worth joining as they continue to lift the spirits of children with disabilities and fighting serious illnesses. They are so much more than just a pair of sneakers.


I'd also love to tell you about another small organization we've had the pleasure of working with and watching grow through the last few months, Binkeez for comfort. They make blankets for individuals of all ages fighting illnesses.

With a personalized bag, inspirational quote and a blanket tagged with his name, Wyatt received his gift of comfort and warmth several months ago.

He was intrigued when a package arrived for him at our door. Like most children, he loves getting mail! Not knowing what was in it, he enjoyed the anticipation while opening the gift.

At home Wy is always covered with blankets to keep him warm- he loved and could fully appreciate this present of a soft, warm minky blanket.

Binkeez for Comfort has a Facebook page, I suggest you quickly "like" it! And go ahead, tell them we sent you and are sending our love. Then take a minute to look through the pictures of all the children who they've wrapped in warmth and love by sharing their talents. At this time they do not have a website, but they stay busy through social media. Please spread their name, cheer them on and support their caring efforts too!

Inspired and inspiring- these individuals are all making differences in the lives of children. And you can too, by supporting their dream- their mission.

Thank you and much love to Peach's Neet Feet and Binkeez for Comfort for being a part of Wyatt's journey. 

*These pictures are not recent.
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