Originally from Riverhead, L.I., N.Y. Mr. Mattei graduated from Riverhead High School in June, 1967. In August of that year he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force as a Morse Code Intercept Operator. In July 1969 he cross trained into the Printer Systems career field. He spent 1 ½ years in Taipei, Taiwan and 2 years in San Vito, Italy. He served until August, 1971.
Mr. Mattei served as the President of Kids In Support of Soldiers, Inc. from its inception until January 2018. Kids In Support of Soldiers is a 501©3 non profit charity that sends monthly care packages to our brave service members stationed overseas.
Mr. Mattei, along with his oldest granddaughter Elizabeth, started the organization in April, 2009,
after Elizabeth was sending packages to her cousin serving in Iraq and her cousin returned home.
Elizabeth asked her grandfather if she could continue to send care packages to soldiers. They found someone who had two sons serving overseas hence, the beginning of Kids In Support of Soldiers also known as KISS.
Elizabeth Mattei was born in Atlamonte Springs, Fl., in October 1999. She is a senior at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida. She plans on moving into the Early Childhood Education career field when she graduates high school.
Elizabeth now lives in Sanford, Florida where her passions are expanding children’s education and
taking care of our military. For the past three years, Elizabeth has been involved in Early Childhood class at Lake Howell High School and working at Little Hop preschool.
Elizabeth started Kids In Support of Soldiers, with her grandfather, in April 2009. With the help of her brother R.J. and two sisters, Taylor and Makaylah she continues to support our military through monthly care packages to those serving overseas.
Tim Proctor was born just west of Detroit in Westland Michigan. He grew up in a military family, his dad served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, stationed in the Pacific, his older brother Nick served aboard a submarine during the Vietnam War. Tim join the U.S. Air Force in 1978 and served 4 years as a Security Specialists/L.E. Officer based out of David Monthan AFB in Arizona. with deployments to Saudi Arabia in 79’-80’. After his service in the USAF, Tim moved back home to Michigan to attend Eastern Michigan University and landed Orlando Florida in 1986. In1987 he met and married his wife of the past 30 years, Julie, and had 1 son, Austin, in 1990. Tim has sent most of his career in the warehousing industry and has worked for companies that have ranged from Blue Line Distributing, a subsidiary of Little Caesars, Nike, Priority Healthcare and until recently, EFCO Inc.
Tim has been a part of Kids In Support of Soldiers since 2013 and has continued to support and promote this great organization that provides support to our Armed Forces so far from home. Tim is an avid motorcycle enthusiast, loves the media entertainment industry, of which he is currently a part of, and enjoys working with local Central Florida charities such as Camp Boggy Creek, Habitat for Humanity and others.