When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and devastated millions, Kim Kardashian decided to give back; she got involved with the cause by setting up an eBay charity auction. However, her plan quickly backfired when it was revealed that she was only donating 10 percent of the sales to charity.
However, in a new blog titled “Giving Comes From the Heart,” Kim defends her involvement and why the percentage she’s donating seems so small.
“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 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 percent to a charity,” Kim wrote.
She added that she does eBay auctions monthly and always gives 10 percent to a different cause; additionally, she donates 10 percent of her total income to charity—not just what she earns from eBay.
The reality star and new mom added that the value of philanthropy was instilled in her by her father at a young age.
“The problem comes in when I get attacked for giving and trying to help people,” she wrote. “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 percent of my eBay auction sales to the people of the Philippines, that hurts.”
Essentially Kim argued that doing whatever you can to help is crucial—something you really can’t argue with!
“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,” she wrote. “Giving comes from the heart. We all need to be reminded of this as we celebrate the holiday season this year.”