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December 13, 2006

Charities Reject Donations from Strippers

According to Fox News, only the Marines' Toys for Tots program and City Harvest were willing to accept donations from exotic dancers from "Scores" gentleman's club in New York City. Other charities refused the gifts on principle. Morgan, one of the dancers, was hurt:

I don't understand why anyone would deny that right [to receive charity] to anbody. It's not up to them to say that [needy individuals] can't have food for Christmas or a toy for Christmas.

Kelly, another dancer, says that many of the charities she wanted to donate to support empowering women, and she believes she--a single mom--is empowering herself in her "profession."

And, "giving is giving," she said.

Watch their interview, "Bah Humbug," on Fox's site and let me know what you think. Is giving simply giving, or does it matter who the giver is?

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Katharine Eastvold

I could be wrong, but I watched the video of the interview and got the impression that these were just strippers trying to donate money - not an official donation by the club itself, such that it would be recognized by the organization as the donor. If this is the case, then I don't see any reason that charities would turn down the women's offer of assistance. Yes, it's ill-gotten gain. But accepting it for charitable purposes isn't enabling strip clubs; whether or not a charity accepts the donations has no impact on whether these women continue in their profession. As far as I can tell, the only impact their refusal has had is to make these women feel rejected and unloved.

That said, I did find the comment made by one of the strippers, that "I have a right to give back to the community if I want to," pretty absurd and petulent.

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