Actress encourages her son to help

Angelina Jolie is encouraging adopted son Maddox to be charitable – at just 6 years old.

He has been helping to make cards and packages to send to US troops fighting in Iraq. And he’s even roping in younger sister Zahara, 3, to help.

‘He gets the other kids involved like an assembly line,’ says a family friend.

‘Zahara loves to glitter and sticker the cards and Maddox also thinks the even the tiniest thing can make a difference.’

Last week pregnant Angelina, 32, joined partner Brad Pitt in New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Brad, 44, has been helping rebuild houses that were destroyed when the hurricane struck in August 2005.

Angelina – who’s rumoured to be expecting twins – will give birth in the summer. The couple also have daughter Shiloh, 18 months, and adopted son Pax, 4.

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Alison Adey