Photo: David Tsay

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Nicole Russell, 31
CoFounder and executive Director, Precious Dreams

Her Mission
In 2010, Russell's then-4-year-old foster sister, Miracle, was suffering from nightmares. After seeing what a difference stuffed animals, pajamas, and books made for Miracle, Russell was inspired to help other foster and homeless children self-soothe and sleep better at night. Her organization, Precious Dreams, not only provides these bedtime items but also brings activities and guest speakers to shelters and group homes. With chapters in New York, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, her cause now goes far beyond teddy bears. Russell says, "When these kids lie down at night and see happy things, it could possibly help them dream better."

Above: Some of Russell's prescriptions for better sleep: pillowcase decorating, yoga, and bags of comfort items.