Katie Holmes: Suri ‘Inspires Me’ Because She’s ‘Very Generous of Spirit’

12/02/2015 at 03:45 PM ET

Like most parents, Katie Holmes is intent on raising a compassionate kid.

I definitely like to set an example for my daughter — but she also is very generous of spirit on her own. And so she inspires me, as well,” the actress told PEOPLE of daughter Suri, 9½, Wednesday at the Glad to Give launch in New York.

She adds, “She’s sensitive to the needs of others.”

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Holmes, 36, has teamed up with the brand to encourage charitable donations this holiday season

“The spirit of giving has been always something important to my family and myself,” says The Kennedys: After Camelot star, who notes becoming an aunt and mother has only motivated her more when it comes to philanthropy. “It’s naturally something that is a part of our everyday life.”

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In addition to giving back during the holidays, Holmes has involved her mini-me in her other charitable pursuits, most recently bringing her out onstage at this fall’s Global Citizen Festival, which raised awareness for worldwide poverty.

As for holiday traditions, the mother-daughter duo enjoys seasonal baking, on top of their charitable pursuits.

“I love making holiday Christmas cookies and destroying the kitchen in the process,” says Holmes with a laugh.

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I love Katie Holmes and how down to earth she is. Even when she is dressed up for a fancy event. Glad that she is trying to raise Suri to be kind and compassionate, instead of spoiled and entitled.