Local man's app teaches kids to earn and give

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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GILBERT, Ariz. -- It is tough to unplug our kids from a screen these days, but a local father wanted his kids to know about earning a buck and giving back.

Gregg Murset took his wife and six children across the country serving others. Friday, they were back in the East Valley helping their neighbors.

It was a busy morning at the Messina house in Gilbert. A crew of kids and adults were scrubbing the cars, cleaning the sidewalks, and doing some jobs no one really wants to do.

“Ten-thousand miles in 40 days,” Murset describes the long trip to the East Coast over the summer and the shorter trip during fall break. “We've done over 500 jobs or chores for people.”

The family packed their tools and cleaning supplies, loaded into an RV covered with decals, and saw the country through the eyes of the people they helped.

“That was our wedding day,” Lisa Messina said while sharing pictures of her family. “That was '02. I was 21.”

Messina, 34, and her husband have two little girls. But she only has 15 percent lung capacity because of cystic fibrosis.

“At this point, I can't even change out my laundry without getting tired,” Messina said. “Or doing the dishes, even walking to the restroom or from the kitchen to the couch.”

Murset heard about Messina's situation and offered to help around the house. He sees it as a win-win.

“For my kids to come into a family like the Messina family today and see their struggle and see what's going on,” he said. “They've got a little girl who's 7 and 6, and that's a big deal to see that in real life.”

Murset is a financial planner and developed the My Job Chart app to teach kids about work and money. But the third part of the equation is service.

“What are simple things that you would suggest to parents?” 3TV's Fields Moseley asked.

“I would say literally find a cause, find a person, find a family that you find connected in some way, ” he responded. “Then go do something for them.”

The Mursets have no plans for another road trip right now, but Gregg Murset believes his kids no longer see service projects as work.

For more information about My Job Chart, go to www.myjobchart.com.

For more information about Lisa Messina's fundraising for a lung transplant, go to www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/js95/lisa-messina-s-lung-transplant-fundraiser.