Fatherhood has turned Brad Pitt into a leading philanthropist because he wants other children to realise the same advantages as his own. The movie star has embraced charity projects in Africa and hurricane-ravaged Louisiana since he started dating actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, who gave birth to his first child Shiloh Nouvel earlier this year.
And he admits that family life with Angelina Jolie has inspired him to give more of his time and money. After sponsoring a design competition to build low-income, green housing in New Orleans - which ended yesterday, Brad Pitt admits he's desperate to help struggling families.
He explains, "To be able to have some small hand in improving anyone's life... I mean, I'm a father now and what that does to you is makes you more aware of other children and the plight of other families. It bothers me to see these people (in New Orleans) getting left behind and not getting a big hand up. These are the people that need the most help."
Giving back helps Brad Pitt accept his blessed life as a dad: "There are a lot of great things in my life and that comes from this family that we've created. It's incredibly grounding and, walking in the door at the end of the day and seeing these faces light up, I don't know anything more rewarding."
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