MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE star Jane Kaczmarek has been enjoying rewarding time away from the set of her hit TV show - by encouraging children to help disadvantaged youngsters.

The brunette actress, who gave birth to her and husband Bradley Whitford's third child at the beginning of the year (03), manages to find time outside of her filming schedule and domestic duties to step out on behalf of the ANGEL SOFT ANGELS IN THE CLASSROOM programme - which was launched in Los Angeles last year (02).

She says, "It's getting children to be actively involved in their communities. One little boy thought of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOUNDATION, to give birthday parties for kids in homeless shelters.

"Another child had something called the SUITCASE FOUNDATION - because he was aware that foster children often just have trash bags to carry their belongings in.

"I was bawling my eyes out that these inner-city children were so enthusiastic about helping people worse off than they are."

25/04/2003 08:52