For nearly a quarter of a century, Kids In Special Situations (KISS) has provided Christmas magic for literally thousands of Keys children between MM106 and MM22, youngsters who otherwise would not have a Christmas through no fault of their own.
KISS is the brainchild of local charter fishing Capt. Carlos Del Valle who collaborated originally with Marie Taylor-Whitney to throw a party for kids who were, in many cases, left out on the street during the holidays.
From providing Christmas in the form of clothing, shoes, and toys for 37 at its inaugural event, KISS, now a non-profit trust, will take care of between 300-400 young people in the Keys this holiday season.
KISS does not directly solicit businesses or individuals in person or by phone. The organization relies on the people who hear or read about the program and encourages those who would like to help to visit http://www.kisstrust.org or call 305-394-3828.
Donations can also be mailed to at 154 Sebring Dr, Tavernier, FL 33070.
The Middle and Lower Keys volunteers, pictured, from left: Faith and Ralph Scott, Sharon Wagner, KISS coordinator Doretta Drangmeister, Sandy Cody, and Charlotte Schultz.