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KidSmart’s Young Friends: Happy Hour


You’re invited to join KidSmart Young Friends for a Happy Hour this Thursday at 360 St. Louis from 5-7pm  for complimentary appetizers.

We’ll see you there!

Posted by Mandi Lipari on February 20, 2017 | comments (0) | Permalink

Martiz Day of Giving 2017

Thank you for giving your time and talent to equip local kids in need.

  • 40 extraordinary volunteers collected 
  • 70 essential tools for local students 
  • 120 hours of service

Posted by Mandi Lipari on January 25, 2017 | comments (0) | Permalink

Great Expectations Foundation provides seed funding for KidSmart Young Friends Board

Rent One, Great Expectations Foundations, KidSmart, Young Friends Board, Carrico,  

Founding Co-Chairs Ashby Owens and Lauren Wendell are excited and eager to make a difference in the St. Louis community by starting KidSmart’s first young friends board.  The very generous support from the Great Expectations Foundation provides the necessary funding to launch the young friends board in 2017.

KidSmart opened the doors to what remains Missouri’s only Free Educational Supply Store 15 years ago.  The Free Store equips tens of thousands of St. Louis area kids with items such as: paper, pencils, markers, glue, and crayons… items every child must have to succeed in school.

Each and every child has a hope and dream… they have the desire and ability to achieve those dreams. They simply lack the essential tools critical for success. KidSmart kids are our kids… they are tomorrow’s doctors, teachers, engineers. It is the continued support from the entire St. Louis community who has donated their dollars, time, and school supplies that have truly the real difference in the education and lives of so many local kids.

KidSmart’s Young Friends Board will help the organization expand in 2017 by bringing an awareness of the need in our neighborhoods and getting support from St. Louis young adults looking to make a direct impact on our future generations.

“I’m excited to be a part of KidSmart’s Young Friends Board because I feel there is a need that people rarely see, especially young adults like myself. Being able to help kids with such basic needs is something I really feel will help them succeed in the their future. I think many young adults want to see our youth succeed, but are unaware of how to help.” -Lauren Wendell

The Young Friends Board Members will collect school supplies and help KidSmart deliver the items directly into the classrooms with KidSmart’s On the Go! Truck.  Each week The On the Go! Truck deliveries $15,000 in free school supplies to students in high poverty schools.

“I want everyone on the young friends board to feel the excitement a child gets by receiving pencils to use or book to read! Our goal is to raise awareness of how many kids in the St. Louis area cannot afford to buy school supplies to learn. KidSmart is such an incredible organization and I cannot wait to be a part of its growth.” - Ashby Owens.

The partnership with the Great Expectations Foundation and continued support from Steve Carrico of Rent One provides KidSmart’s Young Friends Board with a fun and exciting way to network and make an impact on the St. Louis community. 



  • Make a donation at or by texting “kids” to 314-207-2448
  • Schedule a time to volunteer with your company, friends, or even by yourself
  • Host a supply drive in your company, church, etc.


If you are interested in being considered for KidSmart’s Young Friends Board, please contact us via email at .






Posted by Mandi Lipari on January 12, 2017 | comments (0) | Permalink

15 years later YOU are making their dreams come true

Thank you for your belief in the hopes and dreams of local children throughout the last 15 years! We wanted to share our first video with you to show just how much your continued support means to KidSmart kids. 


One dollar at a time… the little things really do make a BIG difference!


In January, KidSmart celebrates 15 years!

Donate by December 31! Your gift will be matched and will help KidSmart DOUBLE the impact in 2017!

$15 = Provides pencils for 75 kids (doubled is 150 kids)!

$150 = Provies notebooks for 100 kids (doubled is 200 kids)!

$1500 = Equips all kids in an entire classroom with backpacks filled with school supplies (doubled is 2 classrooms)!

A gift at ANY level makes a very important and real difference in the education and life of a child. You can be the dream maker for thousands of kids living in poverty in St. Louis. 


Thank you for your consideration and Happy New Year!


Posted by Mandi Lipari on December 29, 2016 | comments (0) | Permalink

Amazon Smile Donates back to local kids

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When you shop through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates .5% of your total to your charity. By selecting KidSmart, you will help equip local children with the school supplies they need in the new year.

Posted by Mandi Lipari on December 12, 2016 | comments (0) | Permalink

A hope and A Dream…

Posted by Mandi Lipari on December 10, 2016 | comments (0) | Permalink

KidSmart On the Go! Launch

Posted by Mandi Lipari on November 29, 2016 | comments (0) | Permalink

Principia Football Team Extends a Challenge to Other Local Football Teams

The Principia Varity Football Team collected school supplies for local children in need and have extended the challenge to other local football teams. KidSmart will announce the team that collected the most supplies in September. Good Luck!



Posted by Mandi Lipari on August 12, 2016 | comments (0) | Permalink

Local 6 year old making a BIG difference

Posted by Mandi Lipari on August 09, 2016 | comments (0) | Permalink


grand opening

Posted by Mandi Lipari on August 04, 2016 | comments (0) | Permalink

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