How did we help?
Ferguson Roofing donated volunteer time off to our employees so they could help directly in the KidSmart Free Store, which provides supplies for over 10,000 underprivileged students in the St. Louis area. We also donated use of equipment trailers, helped with garbage removal, and provided them with a location for free storage of KidSmart materials for the winter until the schools were ready to receive them.
What does KidSmart do?
KidSmart discovered that each year over 90,000 children in the greater St. Louis area couldn’t afford basic school supplies. KidSmart decided to help students in need by providing the tools to succeed. They empower these students by providing the essential supplies required to fully participate at school for free. Their goal is to equip every student in Missouri with their fundamental learning materials by 2032.
KidSmart advances toward their goals with their local KidSmart Free Store, which provides essential education supplies through effective programs and powerful partnerships like Push for Pencils, Crafts with Conviction, On the Go!, Wish Bags, Supply a Dream Giving Club, Gift of Heart, Kids in Need Foundation, and Americorps Vista. Their KidSmart Free Store is the only free educational supply store in Missouri. The Free Store supplies underprivileged students in over 160 St. Louis area schools while distributing $38,000 in free school supplies to students every day.
Why did we choose to support KidSmart?
The 80 and 80 project often leads us to a network of overlapping do-gooders. In this case, our affiliation with the Builders Owners and Management Association (BOMA) intersected with KidSmart. One of our BOMA members is on the KidSmart board and assists in guiding KidSmart toward achieving their goals of helping school-age children in St. Louis and throughout Missouri.
KidSmart has distributed over $55 million dollars’ worth of school supplies to over 10,000 children. It’s wonderful to see how KidSmart benefits local families, improves our community, and helps to bridge a gap in education that is often overlooked. Ferguson Roofing is proud to help KidSmart help students in need.
How would the lives of Missouri students improve if every one of them had all their essential school supplies?