What is Knock Knock Give A Sock?

Knock Knock Give A Sock (KKGS) works to humanize homeless one sock a time by bringing neighbors living in local homeless shelters and neighbors living homes together. The organization raises awareness about who are the homeless in addition to providing them fresh socks; a much needed resource in many homeless shelters. The organization uses a two-step model to achieve their goal. They first encourage a company or a community to host a sock drive, after which Knock Knock Give A Sock offers them the opportunity to host a “Meet Your Neighbors Dinner.” These dinner programs foster community engagement; effectively turning the transaction of simply donating socks into an interaction that further the aim of breaking stigmas while breaking bread.

Our Mission

KKGS aims to humanize homelessness one sock at a time by turning transactions of sock donations into meaningful interactions where neighbors can get to know one another.

Our Vision

KKGS envisions a world where individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds share, listen, and ultimately know their neighbor leading to stronger communities.


“One cold night in November, I was handing out sandwiches to people experiencing homelessness in NYC when one man approached me. “It’s great that you’re giving out sandwiches,” he said, “but one thing we really need is socks, especially as winter approaches.” Here I was, sandwiches in hand, assuming I knew the best way to help people. In reality, helping is about listening, and hearing the needs of different communities. It was a powerful lesson, and I wanted to put it into action. I began that night, with a simple step: I went door-to-door on my NYU dorm floor and knocked on everyone’s door. I asked if they would donate just one pair of their own socks to someone experiencing homelessness. To my surprise I got over 40 pairs of socks in a single night, from a single floor. The next morning I walked out of my dorm room to find a huge pile of socks in front of my door from other people who had heard of what happened. It started small, but I knew it was such a simple concept that it could easily be grown. College students love to do good, but sometimes they need a literal knock on their door to do so. And most everyone has an extra pair of socks they can donate. That’s when the initiative Knock Knock, Give a Sock was created.”

– Adina Lichtman, KKGS Founder






Adina is the founder of Knock Knock, Give a Sock which she started during her sophomore year of college. She completed both an undergraduate and Master’s degree in social work at NYU. After finishing her studies, Adina decided to take KKGS full-time. She is in charge of the organization’s leadership and operations. When not busy collecting socks, Adina fills her time talking to strangers, painting, and traveling. Adina envisions a world where people are inclusive and working together to make a difference, and uses this as her daily motivation.

David Moed

Tech Manager

David works as a front end developer in Tel Aviv. He graduated NYU with a degree in computer science and has been working as a freelance web developer since 2015. In his free time David can be found walking his dog, heading to the beach, and hanging with friends.


Founding Board Members
Adina Lichtman – Founder/Director of KKGS
Joe Teplow – Founder at Rebel (Acquired by Salesforce)
Ariel Sterman – Senior Associate at Bessemer Venture Partners
Board Members
Abigail Lehman – Director of Development at Photo Start
Carlo Neumark – Global Strategy Associate at L Catterton
David Prince –  President at Prince Management, LLC
Doug Wallach – Principal at The Blackstone Group
Joshua Kamali – Private Equity Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management
Marissa Rosenfeld – US Young Leadership Director at Save a Child Heart
Hannah Sugars – Director – Deal Advisory at KPMG US
Todd Levy – Senior at Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP