Lisa Klein was a new mom when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. She wanted to do something for the people of New Orleans and even trained with the Red Cross to be deployed to the area.

But with a young child, a home, and a husband who gently suggested it was impractical, Klein instead surfed the Internet to see what she could do to help the people living in emergency shelters. They needed just about everything, and what Klein had most to spare were baby clothes in the attic that she could donate. That was the impetus of the nonprofit organization Klein started called Loved Twice, which has donated nearly 100,000 pounds of baby clothing to struggling parents and guardians across the U.S. since 2005.

For her efforts, the 45-year-old mother of two was given the distinction of being the city of Oakland’s Mother of the Year.

You can donate to Lisa and the babies that she clothes by visiting their website at

(READ the current story from Contra Costa Times – or WATCH a video from 2013)

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