Joey Fatone Teaches Daughter to Give Back

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Nov. 29 2007, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Joey Fatone and I sit down in a glass room overlooking Toys 'R' Us in Times Square moments before Bank of America’s Round Up Relay to benefit Toys For Tots. A wrap sandwich, potato chips and an assortment of sodas awaits us.

“I thought I’d come to Toys 'R' Us, hang out, maybe shop for my kid,” the *NSYNCer jokes to me while we chat on the couch.

Actually, his daughter Brianna, 6, has it all, and she knows it.

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“She’s a very sweet girl,” The Singing Bee host tells me. “She’s always like, ‘Maybe we’ll give some toys away.’ Which is really cool. We taught her to be very lucky for what she has as far as what I never had. Obviously I want to give as much as I can to my kid, without trying to spoil her, which she understands. She knows there are kids less fortunate than her and there’s a lot of times where she’ll say, ‘Let’s donate these toys as well.’ ”

What does she want for Christmas this year?

“So far I haven’t really figured out exactly what she wants for Christmas,” he tells me. “Last year, she wanted a box with stars on it. I don’t know why. She’s a simple kid like that, which is great.”


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