Eight-year-old Wisconsin girl creates charity to help homeless children with the premise, “I do believe every child deserves to smile.”
Third-grade Peyton isn’t your average elementary school student. She has her sights set on making the world a better place with a mission to fight against child homelessness. The young activist discovered that there are an estimated 2.5 million children in America who face homelessness each year, and she didn’t like it.
“I also learned that there were homeless children and little children that are just like me,” Peyton told Fox News in an interview. “I don’t really like the sound … of that. So I went to my mom, and asked if I could invite 100 homeless children to my birthday party.”
As a result of the pandemic, unfortunately Peyton didn’t get the birthday party that she hoped for, but that didn’t dissuade her from continuing on her mission through research and the formation of Eye of a Child. Eye of a Child raises awareness about child homelessness, but it also sends donations, toys, and other products to shelters in Milwaukee and Los Angeles.
To help with these donations, Peyton has also become a budding entrepreneur, creating T-shirts and homemade crayon hearts that she sells at pop-up shops in her area.
As a result of receiving a plethora of donations, Peyton recently sent goodie bags to Joy House, a women’s shelter in Milwaukee. In addition to the goodie bags, she was able to send a $500 check for new toys for the children.
A new birthday is around the corner and Peyton’s wish is still the same. This year, she would like to host a “community party,” sharing her special day, making it easier for those to drop off donations to those in need.
The Eye of Child website reads, “Instead of having her birthday party surrounded by her friends and family, she has decided to make new friends at various homeless shelters in her local community and empower these children to share this day as a collective celebration.”
Peyton has a goal of $1,000 to help two additional shelters. For more information or to help, please click here.