Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation was founded in May, 2008. The Foundation received word in December, 2008, from the IRS that it had been ruled a public non-profit under section 501(c)(3).
From the beginning volunteers and board members have visited out of state special needs camps and attended several American Camping Association conventions. During the summer visits have been made to Mississippi camps holding sessions for children with special needs.
The original founding board consisted of Mr. and Mrs. David Wilkinson (Brandon), Billly Boykin (Madison), Dan Kitchens (Crystal Springs) and Mary Kitchens (Crystal Springs).
Today we have a governing board consisting of Dr. Michael Landry (Picayune); Jeff Knight (of Wesson); Mrs. Sally Garland, Dan Kitchens, Mary Kitchens, Jimmy Buchanan, Dr. Linda Channell, Scott Cline, Angela Grogan, Bill Price, Rowan Torrey, Susie Sojourner (all of Crystal Springs); Carol S. Rigby (Gallman); Dr. Rathi Iyer and Maggie Wade-Dixon (Brandon).
The first office was a room within the Kitchens Law Firm. When the Firm purchased a large warehouse with front offices MTK moved to its present location at 123 E. Georgetown Street in Crystal Springs.
MTK is making Mississippi history!