Kim Kardashian Speaks Out About Charity Donation Controversy: I’m Being Attacked For Helping People
Kim Kardashian has struck back at critics who are slamming her for contributing 10 percent of the proceeds from her latest eBay Giving Works auction to typhoon disaster relief in the Philippines. The reality TV star recently announced on the auction page that she’d be donating the percentage to “help typhoon survivors get access to medical care.” But detractors blasted Kardashian as “selfish,” believing that she was simply pocketing the rest of the raised funds and questioning her for not giving more.
Now she’s setting the record straight. In a blog post called “Giving Comes From The Heart,” Kardashian talks about her charitable giving, the reasons behind it, and what people might not realize about the Philippines auction (among others). Here is what Kardashian wrote:
I feel compelled to speak about something that is in my head and my heart. Over the years, I’ve had to grow a thick skin. Being in the public eye, there are times I feel like I get criticized for any and everything I do. I’m used to it now. I just choose not to feed into negativity or become consumed by it.
The problem comes in when I get attacked for giving and trying to help people. My dad always taught me the importance of giving back. I don’t publicize everything I do to help charities and people all over the world. I do it because I want to. I do it because my dad taught me to. I do it because it’s the right thing to do. So for people to attack me for giving 10% of my eBay auction sales to the people of the Philippines, that hurts.
I do eBay auctions monthly and change the charity or church from time to time. I give 10% of all my earnings to charities, not just these eBay auctions. This month it’s for the people of the Philippines, last month was Life Change Community Church.
In regards to these eBay auctions, when the eBay numbers get broken down, the auction management agency that posts for me gets a percentage for all of their hard work, then eBay listing fees, end of auction fees, eBay Store fees, Paypal fees, etc., all add up to about half of the sale. Then I give 10% to a charity.
Truth is how the # is broken down, is neither here nor there. The people of the Philippines need all of our help, no matter how big or small.
Over the last 5+ years, I have listed thousands of items on eBay Giving Works for various causes. I will continue to do what is in my heart and am happy to know many others have enjoyed purchasing from me, as they too are giving with me.
Giving comes from the heart. We all need to be reminded of this as we celebrate the holiday season this year.