Rebecca Gayheart wants to teach her daughters the gift of giving back.
“Every kid deserves to have back-to-school clothes, backpacks, diapers, car seats [and] cribs,” the actress told PEOPLE at the Baby2Baby Back to School event at The Grove, where the organization partnered with Chrysalis and gifted 46 low-income families with $150 toward shopping for supplies.
“To me, it’s insane that in America there are children going without those very, very basic essentials and it breaks my heart. Anything I can do to help, I will,” Gayheart, 43, says.
At a young age, the mom of two was taught the importance of giving back and is hoping to instill that knowledge in Georgia Geraldine, 3½, and Billie Beatrice, 5, her daughters with her husband, The Last Ship star Eric Dane.
“My mom’s point of view was, ‘You always have more than someone else and you can always help someone else,’ ” Gayheart explains. “It didn’t matter how much we had, you could always help someone.”