Jermain Defoe admits he couldn't imagine growing up without the support of his family around him.
That's why he says it means so much to be involved in SOS Children's World Orphan Week.
The striker took time out from scoring goals to join Michael Dawson and Sebastian Bassong in a visit to young students at the St Francis de Sales RC Junior School in Haringey on Monday, taking part in an educational workshop in support of SOS Children's World Orphan Week campaign.
JD spoke about how he, the rest of his team-mates and the management at the Club have got together to sponsor an orphan in either South Africa, China or Haiti as part of WOW's ‘do something amazing' campaign.
"I just can't imagine growing up without my mum and my grandparents," said ‘JD', third in the goalscoring charts with 20 goals already in all competitions.
"I honestly don't know how I would have coped. They gave me so much love, help and so many opportunities and always told me to appreciate how lucky I was.
"And I have certainly been lucky in life. I always wanted to be a footballer and here I am living the dream and with all the trappings.
"So I have been blessed and I have a great life but I also think it is important to give something back.
"And to realise that, for many people, it is hard out there.
"That's why I think it is important to get involved in things like the charity SOS Children, who have made all this possible.
"It definitely means a lot to me to be involved with this - I'm putting something in but also getting a whole lot out of it, too.
"It helps keep my feet on the ground, it gives me a focus outside of football and I'm proud that I am doing some good for someone, somewhere - I'm helping take care of an orphan."
SOS CHILDREN AND SPURS
SOS Children has been the Club's global charity partner since 2007 and the Club has helped fund and construct the charity's orphan village in Rustenburg including the development of the Tottenham Hotspur House.
The 'Spurs House', which is uniquely funded by monies received from player's fines, now provides orphaned children in Rustenburg with a family they can call their own.
SOS Children is asking people of all ages to do something amazing during World Orphan Week and help give orphaned and abandoned children a family for life.
Tottenham Hotspur's entire First Team and management have backed the campaign and each has signed up to sponsor an orphan in one of three countries - Haiti, South Africa and China.
Haiti, South Africa and China are three areas with specific relevance to Spurs. The Club has had a long-term relationship with SOS Children in South Africa having built an orphan house in Rustenburg. During the Club's pre-season tour to China, ahead of the 2009/10 season, members of the first team visited orphans at a newly opened village in Beijing. And with so many of SOS Children's resources being channelled to Haiti there's an increasing and pressing need to support the charity's efforts in the country.
There are 145 million orphaned children in the world. 100 million more have been abandoned to live on the streets. SOS Children is the world's largest orphan charity and provides a family for life for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease, natural disaster and poverty.
Over 78,000 orphaned and abandoned children are cared for by SOS mothers in clusters of family homes in more than 500 Children's Villages in 124 countries worldwide.
You can help by visiting www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk - CLICK HERE
- to support World Orphan Week, make a donation or even sponsoring a child. No deductions are made from the sponsors' payments for administration and 100% of your donation will go towards helping the child.