His third child with wife Jennifer Garner is expected to arrive within weeks and Ben Affleck has used the excitement around the birth to set some charitable goals for all his little ones. The actor/director recently explained that he wants his kids to respect the world around them and understand the importance of giving back.
In an interview with People magazine, the star said, “I got to a point in my life where I felt like I had been very fortunate and I wanted to do something more with my life than just make movies and try to make money. I wanted to do something that was important to me in other ways and would serve as an example to my kids.”
He continued, “I tell them it’s important to be involved in the world in ways that help others and not just yourself.”
His children, six-year-old Violet, three-year-old Seraphina, and the new baby will have some pretty big shoes to fill if they plan to join in Dad’s charitable efforts. Affleck began the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010 and has visited the troubled nation eight times since. His work helps support local charities who provide health care and aide to former child soldiers.
The Oscar winner even launched a Facebook page this week to share photos of his trips and increase awareness of the initiative. Of his work he says, “The people there are working as hard as they can to make their lives better and that’s inspiring.”