Kim Kardashian Defends her Charitable Auction for the Philippines
She received some major backlash following her recent eBay Giving Works auction, and now Kim Kardashian fires back at the haters.
Earlier this month, the 33-year-old reality star announced she wished to donate 10-percent of the proceeds from her recent auction to the Philippine typhoon survivors to assist them with medical care.
While she considered her contribution satisfying, others began to question why she wouldn't give more and referred to her as "selfish." There were also accusations that she pocketed a portion of the charitable funds.
Unable to handle more criticism, Miss Kardashian took to her personal blog on Tuesday (December 10) and revealed her feelings in a letter titled "Giving Comes From The Heart."
"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."