Just over 15 years ago, Genevieve Piturro was volunteering at youth shelters and foster homes reading to children before bedtime. That’s when she noticed something heartbreaking—the kids would head off to sleep in their street clothes, because they had no other options. When Genevieve returned for her next visit, she brought 12 new pairs of pajamas, one for each child, promoting one young girl named Maria to ask, “What are these?” 15 years (and a couple Oprah appearances) later, Genevieve’s Pajama Program has made night a little easier for millions of kids in need by providing warm pjs and books to read before bed. Learn more by watching the video below. And don’t forget the Kleenex.

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–Erin Feher