Northland Cathedral

Socktober 2015 sets new record

Because of you, hundreds of homeless in Kansas City will have new pairs of socks for the winter — and we mean hundreds.

After tallying up the results from our monthlong Socktober drive, the numbers blew us away. 687 new pairs of socks were donated last month, crushing our 2013 record of 558. On top of that we had five coats, two blankets, six pieces of clothing and two new pairs of shoes donated, giving a total of 702 total donations for Socktober 2015!

We’ll now ship the donations to Morning Glory Ministries and the Sheffield Place to disperse among the needy.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated, from individuals and families to the various businesses and organizations. A special thanks to the groups below that held Socktober specific drives over the last four weeks. Again, this would not had been possible if not for your kindness, as well as all our donors.

VinSolutions — 261 pairs

McCrite Plaza — 169 pairs plus two blankets and two pairs of shoes

Victory Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Victory Ford — 146 pairs

Contagious Community from Northland Cathedral — 37 pairs

Kansas City Power & Light — 36 pairs


The first thing I saw was a small, uncovered trailer jammed with lawn mowers, rakes and leaf blowers. The next image was a small garrison of high school students armed in work gloves and yard sacks swarming the back yard of six different housing units.

On April 12, 30-plus members of the Exit Students Ministries from Northland Cathedral put in two and a half hours of yard work at the housing units of Hillcrest Transitional Housing – Platte. From weed pulling to raking to hedge trimming, the youth group gave the homeless organization a deep spring cleaning.

While several thoughts ran through my head, one rose above the rest: seeing society’s youth volunteer makes you feel good about the future — and proud.

Thank you to Jerome Sack and all of the Exit Student members for their willingness and hard work. If you’re interested in getting a youth group involved with a community service project around town, let us help. Contact us at or 877-203-5848.


As our outreach continues to grow, we don’t want to lose sight of the volunteers who have already committed to improving their communities.

With that in mind, our next scheduled volunteer event is open to the public and is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. We are calling it our “Original 12 outing” since many of our first ever volunteers have already signed up for it. However, the opportunity is open to all.

Here is the skinny. We will be giving the housing units atHillcrest Transitional Housing of Platte County a heavy duty cleaningAfter which, we are tentatively scheduled to help the children currently residing at the homeless facility paint the walls with their hand prints. Needless to say, if everything works out, we are very excited about what the results could look like (especially if the kids have as much fun as we think they might).

Anyhow, only a few spots remain for this outing. Supplies will be provided, though we will need to borrow a sturdy ladder for the event. If that changes, participants will be notified. Also, please wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes.

If you wish to sign up for the outing, you can do so here. To learn more about Hillcrest Transitional Housing, which offers local homeless shelter, food and guidance withina disciplined, 90-day educational program, chase this link.

Lastly if you wish to join our monthly mailing for upcoming volunteer news and outings, or would like to schedule an event for yourself, please contact us at