Up Close and Member-able Podcast

Jim and Kim Maffia on the Up Close and Member-able podcast

St. Charles Area Chamber of Commerce gets up close & personal with Jim and Kim Maffia

Time to get Up Close and Member-able with Jim and Kim Maffia, founders of Kendall’s Kindness, as they share their journey of loss and love that inspired them to honor their daughter, Kendall, who was known for her acts of kindness. Today, Jim and Kim continue Kendall’s legacy of kindness by sharing their positive message to all through scholarships, events, and of course, simple acts of kindness.

*This episode of ‘Up Close & Member-able’ talks about sensitive topics including suicide and mental health, which may be difficult for some listeners. We advise anyone who finds these topics difficult to refrain from listening to this episode and encourage anyone who may be struggling, or knows someone who is struggling, with these matters to reach out for help by calling or texting the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Responses to this Podcast Episode…

“Now that I have both smiled and cried for 45 minutes- what a beautiful awesome heartfelt well done interview with the Chamber!! You both are so brave and strong to share Kendall’s life with others in hope that it will help others survive what is so overwhelming to more and more in today’s world. Kendall touched more lives than you will ever know because of what you are doing to honor and remember her through Kendall’s Kindness – that sweet blue eyed angel is smiling down on you saying “Thank you, Mom and Dad”!

Wish I were there to give you a hug – but know I am always thinking about you and love you always!!”


“We Just want to take a moment to say what a remarkable job the two of you are doing. You’re continuous efforts to raise awareness about mental illness and provide opportunities for all of us to help spread a little kindness, in a world that is not so kind, have been amazing. Each day you are making a difference in so many peoples lives, while keeping Kendall’s beautiful, kind spirit alive. We are extremely blessed to have you in our lives. Love you”

The Nierman Family

“I wanted to reach out to tell I just finished listening to St. Charles Chamber June 3rd podcast Up Close & Member-able. What an incredibly raw and moving podcast. Your honor and love for Kendall was so beautifully articulated it will be forever etched in my mind. I will tell everyone I know to take the time to hear your story. Showing your vulnerability and talking about your day to day struggle after losing Kendall will bring awareness to both mental illness and stark awareness of losing a child.

Life is hard, thank you for sharing your story. In memory of Kendall, here’s to a kinder world.”