Kids In Support of Soldiers, Inc. (K.I.S.S.) was founded on the desire of children to support our deployed service men and women of the Armed Forces. Monthly boxes are sent to the deployed troops with items that are considered the “simple things in life”. Things we take for granted or don’t even think of, that are priceless commodities for those serving abroad.
We are a 501(c)3 charity created in 2009 to provide a taste of home for the service men and women of the United States Armed Forces that are deployed overseas. 100% of all proceeds go to the support of the troops for supplies, postage, promotional products and/or fees associated with the structure of the organization. Products donated to K.I.S.S. that cannot be sent to our deployed troops, (please see our donate page for a list of useable items) are re-purposed through other organizations that serve our active, retired, or discharged service members. All decisions on those re-purposed items are made with Board approval.
Kids In Support of Soldiers was started by Elizabeth Mattei back in 2009. When Elizabeth was in second grade, she started sending packages of “goodies” to her cousin Chris who was stationed in Iraq at the time. She and her 3 siblings, Taylor, RJ and Makaylah, continued sending packages to Chris during the time he was deployed for his entire tour until he returned home. When he did finally come home, Elizabeth told her grandpa, Joe Mattei, that she wanted to continue sending packages to the soldiers overseas but was not sure how to do it. Joe contacted his nephew Chris and asked if he could provide names of any of the Marines that he had been stationed with, which he did, and the idea was formed. “Kids In Support of Soldiers” came about during one of the times they were packing boxes and the littlest one, Makaylah, who was three years old at the time, wanted to do something to contribute to the cause. Since the older kids were writing notes or signing their names, Makaylah decided that she would kiss every package that they packed. When she was asked about why she was doing it, her answer was simple, “I want to send them a kiss from home”. Elizabeth decided at that point it would be perfect, they could send kisses from home through Kids In Support of Soldiers and, in 2009, it became official.