Kim Kardashian Defends Controversial Charity Move: I Always Give 10 Percent

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Kim Kardashian is firing back at critics — this time, in relation to her charity choices.
Last month, the reality star caused a stir when she launched an eBay sale of some of her clothes and accessories to raise funds for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.
Kardashian, 33, gave 10% of the proceeds to charity, a number many felt was too low. (In comparison, the Beckham's emptied their closets for no profit.)
"I feel compelled to speak about something that is in my head and my heart," Kim posted on her blog on Tuesday. "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," Kanye West's fiancée 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% of my eBay auction sales to the people of the Philippines, that hurts."
This isn't the first time Kim has found herself in a precarious situation when giving back.

After her short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries, Kardashian sent out cards announcing she would be donating their wedding gifts to charity. Although that didn't happen, Kim did donate a large sum of money to the Dream Foundation, supposedly valued at twice the amount of gifts received. Still, her critics claimed that wasn't enough.
"I do eBay auctions monthly and change the charity or church from time to time," Kim continued. "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."

The Life Change Community Church was founded by Kim's mother, Kris Jenner, and Reverend Brad Johnson. In 2011, Kim told Piers Morgan she gives away 10% to the church every year.

However, the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star elaborated further on where a lot of the eBay money goes:
"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," she added. "The people of the Philippines need all of our help, no matter how big or small."
Oh, but Kim wasn't done explaining things just yet!
"Over the last 5+ years, I have listed thousands of items on eBay Giving Works for various causes," she shared. "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."

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