A unique opportunity for the homeless to sit side by side with their neighbors
Press Release – New York, NY- September 12, 2016 — Knock Knock Give a Sock (KKGS) will be hosting a Meet Your Neighbor Dinner on September 28, 2016. The dinner will be held at the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church located at 155 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010 from 6-8 pm.
A recent initiative of KKGS, Meet Your Neighbor dinners are an effort to help break the stigma of homelessness and to bring communities together. They are meant to encourage community members to go a step beyond just meeting the neighbor next door, and meet those living on the streets or in nearby shelters. This is a unique opportunity where community members and the homeless can sit side by side as equals for dinner.
The first ever Meet Your Neighbor dinner was held on November 17, 2015 at New York University. It brought together 50 college students and 50 homeless from The Doe Fund, FacesNY, and Suzie’s Place shelters. Click here to view a video of this event, which was filmed by a shelter program graduate.
Did you know that the homeless wear four to five pairs of socks at once to stay warm in the cold winter months? And the most needed item of clothing – socks– are the least often donated.
Click here to learn more about Knock Knock Give a Sock.
About Knock Knock Give a Sock:
Two years ago, Adina Lichtman, a New York University senior, was handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to a group of homeless in the West Village. One man approached her and said,” It’s great that you are giving out sandwiches, but the one thing we really need is socks- especially since winter is coming.”
A bit startled by this comment, Adina quickly realized that the best way to help others is not to assume what they need, but to listen to what they need.
When Adina returned to her dormitory that evening, she started knocking on doors and asking other students for new pairs of socks. After knocking on the doors of just one floor, she had collected 40 pairs of socks. The next morning, she woke up to a massive pile of socks outside her dorm room from other students who had heard about her cause.
And Knock Knock Give a Sock was born.
Since then, KKGS has expanded to collecting socks at over 20 college campuses, with volunteers knocking on doors and requesting donations. In addition, several large companies, such as Facebook’s New York Office, Deloitte, and several WeWorks held collection drives.
And that’s not all- KKGS has received donations from sock companies including, Bombas, ToeSox, United Legwear, Sock it to Me, and PlanetSox.
Over 100,000 socks have been collected to date and have been distributed world-wide.
Adina, now known as the “Sock Fairy,” carries a bag of socks wherever she goes.