LISA KLEIN, 41, Oakland, Calif.
As the Hurricane Katrina disaster unfolded in 2005, new mom Lisa Klein gasped when she saw TV footage of a group of New Orleans mothers desperately seeking clothing for their newborn babies. “I couldn’t go down there to help, but sending clothes, that I could do,” says Klein, mother to then 1-year-old Cali. After firing off dozens of e-mails, she persuaded her network of mommy pals to empty out their closets and ship off 200 lbs. of onesies and sleepers to the distressed women. “I needed to do something,” she says.
Moved by the experience, she founded the nonprofit Loved Twice (lovedtwice.org) to help underprivileged moms in her own hometown. Since 2007 Klein has handed out 20,000 lbs. of gently used baby clothing to more than 3,000 needy families. “These moms don’t have nurseries, baby showers or silk hangers in their closets,” says Klein, whose work is so inspiring that she was chosen to be one of 30 everyday heroes honored by PEOPLE and Major League Baseball’s All-Stars Among Us campaign. The former graphic designer and 50 volunteers pack up 10-lb. boxes-enough clothing to last a year-and deliver them once a month to shelters, hospitals and schools. “I cried when I saw the clothes,” says Amy Dunnigan, 36, who lost her job not long before her son was born. “We were in dire need.” Adds Dalia Marim, 27, an out-of-work janitor expecting twins: “I am so thankful for what Lisa has done.”
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