More than 200 people joined the Second Annual SHS Socks and Hops event Saturday, Nov. 12, at the City Market.
The crowd raised glasses of local artisanal beer and sodas while raising funds to help the homeless.
The event produced more than $9,600 from sponsorships, ticket sales, and raffles, with all proceeds supporting SHS Healthcare for the Homeless. Donations of socks were requested along with entry to the event.
“Providing clean, warm socks is one way to provide support for the homeless community, especially in these cold weather months,” said Michelle Keller, SHS vice president of patient services.
“Our Healthcare for the Homeless outreach program always sees an increase in frostbite and foot injuries as the weather turns colder. With foot injuries, there’s less mobility and, sometimes, that means more difficulty gaining access to needed healthcare services.”
The community party featured seven local craft breweries, plus six area chefs.
The local chefs:
Kansas City’s top craft brewers provided the beer and soft drinks:
- Lost Trails Soda (nonalcoholic)
- The Big Rip Brewing Co.
- Torn Label Brewing Co.
- Stockyards Brewing Co.
- Cinder Block Brewery
- Crane Brewing
- Double Shift Brewing Co.
“We’re grateful to all of our sponsors for their support for the homeless program,” Keller said. “We know the socks and funds will provide much-needed care for the homeless community we reach with the Mobile Medical Unit.”
The SHS Mobile Medical Unit makes regular visits to metro-area shelters to provide healthcare services.
Staffed with a full-time nurse practitioner, registered nurse and certified medical assistant, the Mobile Medical Unit offers physicals, immunizations, blood tests, and urgent care for non-emergencies.
The SHS care team also provides behavioral counseling and assists with finding resources like housing, transportation and employment.
If you missed this year’s event, you can still assist with a secure donation at the SHS website. Any amount is welcome. For example, a $10 donation provides for the purchase of two ready-to-eat heater meals.