December 15, Giving Back

Jon and Kate express their appreciation for how fortunate they are to have all their needs met, so this holiday season they want to give back to others who are not as fortunate. The whole family visits a children's hospital to give holiday gifts.


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3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Just more "damage control." What else can they do? They have to try and make themselves look better. They are like wolves in sheep's clothing.

Janine said...

I heard they went to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis. If this is true, WHY??? Why do they have to get on a plane, fly to Memphis and make a big to-do about "giving back?" Can you say, "damage control," boys and girls? Why could they not simply help people in need right in their own community? With the economy the way it is and so many families not even being able to buy food, wouldn't it be nice to see KON help THEM? Remember, Berks County residents stepped up to the plate to help them when the tups came. But then, helping needy families in Berks County is not glamorous enough. Go to a high-profile children's hospital and make a big brouhaha there. I do not begrudge those sick kids at St. Jude's anything, but this display on KON's part is over the top. Once again, Kate makes it "all about US."

JulieAnne said...

St. Jude's...fabulous, totally worthy cause. I'm sure those kids will really enjoy the gifts :)

On the other hand, I agree with Janine. I might actually buy their "giving back" if they didn't make such a big production out of it. If they volunteered at a LOCAL soup kitchen/nursing home/women's shelter, etc., it would seem more like something the average American family would do. Most families can't afford to fly several states away for their charity work.

Also, I wonder if they'll acknowledge that they have more than just "their needs met". They may earn a little more of my respect if they mentioned how BLESSED they have been, not just that they have a roof over their head and food on the table.

It'll be interesting to see!

Sophia said...

I totally agree with everyone. I think it's great that they are giving back, but like 3rd rock said, what else can they do? It's the holiday episode. Were they going to go on another vacation? I also agree about giving back to the community that gave so much to them. But maybe since locals aren't that fond of Kon, they decided it wouldn't be a good idea. Local opinion isn't likely to change though if they don't work just as hard giving back to their community as they did taking from it. I'm happy for St. Jude but I also think it's a bit over the top that they have to travel so far to give back. Part of the success of the show was that people related to them. That premise seems to be long gone.

2badsosad said...

I agree with those that question why J & K felt the need to get on a plane and travel to another state in order to 'give back'. Considering there was a time not too long ago that J & K needs were met due to the generosity and giving hands of the individuals with in their own community, Im certain that their are families in their own community that are struggling and in need of the same 'helping hand' that J & K were dependant upon not too long ago.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

You can go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital website, and right there is an article on the Gosselins. Of course they did their shopping at KMART.

ThreeFarmers said...

Once again, since they have made their "giving back" a part of the show, any and all expenses incurred in order to do all this "giving back" will be considered part of the show's budget. Therefore, this "giving back" is actually making them money.

Those who are truly charitable, do so without cameras to record the event.

Tammy H. said...

I have had my fill of all this damage control! We all know they read the blogs and our posts. They have already burnt all the bridges and there is no way for them to cross back over to the humble people they were who "appeared" on their first 1 hour special. Maybe their supporters fall for the "giving back" but it's too little, too late! Yes, anything that is given to any children's hospital or pediatric cancer center is wonderful. But most people don't have a camera crew following them and make an appointment so the local and national media can get wind of it and cover the "Giving Back" fascade. Most people write a check, put it in an envelope, lick the flap and seal it, put it in the mailbox and lift the flag. Shame on KON for wanting more publicity. Their 5 year olds won't know what it really means to give back until they are way older...all they know is that mommy and daddy said they had another place to go and film a show. Mady and Cara may understand a little of the giving back but not like an adult would. TLC (KON included)is trying so hard to make us love the Gosselins again but there is just no way it's gonna happen.
The Gosselins have followers just like Jim Jones did...all I can tell you people is-Keep drinking the Juicy Juice and see what happens to you.

ipoopedinmyunnawears said...

Did anyone see that ad for Jon & Kate along with the Tale of Despereaux movie coming out. It showed Kate reading to the kids. funny though, they were on the interview chair being filmed.

Marissa said...

I really hope that they have given back to their local community and it just hasn't been seen on the show. If not, it's no wonder that locals feel the way that they do about them. I'd be livid if I was someone in their community that gave to them and then tuned in to their show to see them giving back to everyone but to the people who gave to them.

Chrissy said...

I read somewhere that J&K were spotted, sans kids, shopping in Memphis. I'm assuming this is the weekend they went to St Judes. So apparently they got another paid vacation on top of their normal salary for the episode while they gave away toys paid for by TLC. I'm not sure where the "giving back" comes into play in all this.

Mary said...

How stupid to get on a plane and fly to St.Jude's
There are plenty of Shelter's and hospt's in Reading..they couldve worked a soup kitchen at Thanksgiving..they couldve shopped for needy children and teaken kids to the shelters to meet and "give" they couldve made a day of baking cookies as a family then taken to a Fire Dept and said THANK YOU

Sophia said...

It's so annoying that the episode description states: Jon and Kate express their appreciation for how fortunate they are "to have all their needs met." Why can't they just leave it at "how fortunate they are." It's crazy that they are still trying to spin them as being your average family. I can't wait to see the we're moving into our new million dollar house episode!

Tammy H. said...

Trust me Marissa, if they had given back to their own community, it would of been filmed, too. That's just what publicity hogs do. If Kate would go as far as to have the tups' poop on the show, any little thing that makes her look good will be on tape, too! We all can't be wrong with the way we feel about KON. If their own community wanted them gone, and you know they had to know a lot more than we will ever know, then we are right in our opinions!

Janine said...

3rd Rock From The Sun said...
You can go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital website, and right there is an article on the Gosselins. Of course they did their shopping at KMART.
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I went there and could not find anything. Can you post the direct link to the story about KON? Thanks.

suzanne111 said...

I wouldn't have a problem with them serving the charity of their choice, if I thought they were sincere.

Disney said...

My husband and I are regular contributors to St. Judes and that will NOT change. However, I did go to their website to inform them about the Gosselin's exploiting their children for fame and money. If I get a response, I'll let you know.

onebravesfan said...

I am going to have to say something about the comparison of Jim Jones to the Gosselins. That is taking it a little to far don't you think. Jon and Kate Plus 8 is a TV show and what happened in Jonesboro was tragic and negatively impacted many many lives. Not only is the comparison and an over exaggeration but quite insulting. I am going to leave my bias on the show out of this and say that at least the Gosselins gave back. To the author of that post once again one was a real tragedy and the other is a TV show.

Tammy H. said...

Now that takes the cake...they went to give back..but while there, they went to Kmart to get the gifts..that means, they didn't pay a dime for any of the gifts they gave to the hospital due to the fact that Kmart is a sponsor of the Gosselins. Kate sure does have her t's crossed and her i's dotted. She makes sure that not any of her exploited money is used for anything unless maybe a pedicure or massage.

Janine said...

Sophia said...
................ But maybe since locals aren't that fond of Kon, they decided it wouldn't be a good idea. Local opinion isn't likely to change though if they don't work just as hard giving back to their community as they did taking from it. I'm happy for St. Jude but I also think it's a bit over the top that they have to travel so far to give back. Part of the success of the show was that people related to them. That premise seems to be long gone.
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Even if the locals are not fond of KON, KON could donate canned goods to a food pantry or maybe "adopt a needy family" for the holidays. Many social service agencies have programs like this. The agency gives KON the first names and ages of each member of the family, along with a "needs list" for each(NOT "want/wish list) and the adoptive family (KON) buys stuff on the list, wraps it, and the agency gives it to the needy family for Christmas. But, NO! This would generate NO PR (Public Relations, as Jon felt compelled to inform us!) for KON and with no PR, WHY EVEN BOTHER? KON makes me sick all year round, but when they pull this crap now when so many families are suffering and in need from the economy, I just want to puke. Sorry for the rant. Thanks.

Tangerine Tanya said...

I liked what ThreeFarmers had to say. BRAVO to you once again!

Mollys_mom said...

I just read the St. Judes article about the Gosselin's and from what I read they bought all the gifts for he kids at KMart (which means they were free to them) and then added on $1 for each member of their family. So they gave a total of $10. That's not giving back in my book!

L said...

http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=f2bfab46cb118010VgnVCM1000000e2015acRCRD

It's right there in the middle of the front page.


Here's the article
http://www.tg.stjude.org/homepage_feature_week6.htm?SiteSrc=en||right||img&tngsourcecode=THWSJHPDO09&plt=THWHSPOTDO0906

Maggie in PA said...

I actually know of some nurses who were Kate's nurses in Hershey, and if she acts anything like she did when the tups were born, she will definitely be ill received....

Marissa said...

Even if they didn't have to incur any expenses, Kon probably feels like they gave by making the trip. I'm sure in Kate's warped mind, their mere presence was giving enough. Nevermind the fact that they used it to squeeze out another episode or the fact that she was able to promote Kmart at the same time. Giving back seems to always come with getting back in Kon's case.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Oh, I see what kind of gifts they gave out. Just look in the green wagon in the photo. Bah humbug!

ChristyinTN said...

I can just see it now...Jon and Kate +8 do Graceland....Elvis, so glad you already left the building.. ; )

Seriously, when I saw the promo for this episode I just rolled my eyes...puhleeeaze. St.Jude is my charity of choice, so I'm glad they were on the receiving end of this, but we all know the Gosselins motives are truly self-serving.

TLC is becoming my least favorite network.

Chrissy said...

Oh, I see what kind of gifts they gave out. Just look in the green wagon in the photo. Bah humbug!
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Just what parents whose kids are battling cancer want to read - Kate whining about how hard her life is. What a pair of losers!

Sophia said...

Oh, I see what kind of gifts they gave out. Just look in the green wagon in the photo. Bah humbug!
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I didn't even notice that. Are you kidding me?! The self-promotion is just too much. Do you think they gave away pictures of themselves too? Or maybe they reduced the price to $10 instead of the usual $20. What a joke!

Judy said...

Here's my 2cents. I just saw the article on the St. Jude's website. I'm sure many of the parents and children there are "fans" of J&K. They probably were pretty excited that "celebrities" came to give their children presents. I can understand that aspect of it.
However....they could have gone there sans cameras! Why make a "show" out of it?
These children and very ill. They do not deserve to be in the middle of a three ring circus.
Plenty of parents teach their children how to "give back" without making it into a production!
I also must echo what others have said about true charity. You don't give back and then broadcast what you've done. I'm sure they could argue that they are trying to bring awareness to St. Judes but that can be done in many ways. They could do a separate commercial without the kids and not in the hospital with immune compromised children!
Some people have said that they are danged it they do and danged if they don't. I think if they handled things differently and didn't showcase their charity, then they could gain back some respect. JMO

Momofoneandoneandtwo said...

They should have done something locally and then they could have donated their travel expenses as well.

I guess that ultimately, it doesn't really matter what the reason is that they are giving. St. Jude's I'm sure is glad to receive donations no matter what the spirit they were given.

GrammyPie said...

I just read the article on KON's visit to St.Jude's. OMG, are these people snowed about them, or are they hoping all the sheeple will follow suit with a donation?
I have already sent my donation to St. Jude's, as I do several times a year. It is a very worthwhile place to donate. I think Danny Thomas would turn over in his grave, that his beloved hospital was being used to spin KON's image.
And what is with the one dollar donation for each family member. Big Deal. How about a dollar for each toy donated at least, and then a sizable family donation. KON should be so grateful for their eight healthy children, and not just because they provide their next paycheck.

Judy said...

Jennifer Aniston just did a commercial for St. Judes. She was very genuine! She didn't need to go to the stinkin hospital with a crew in tow to show what she did!

Tammy H. said...

onebravesfan said...
I am going to have to say something about the comparison of Jim Jones to the Gosselins. That is taking it a little to far don't you think. Jon and Kate Plus 8 is a TV show and what happened in Jonesboro was tragic and negatively impacted many many lives. Not only is the comparison and an over exaggeration but quite insulting. I am going to leave my bias on the show out of this and say that at least the Gosselins gave back. To the author of that post once again one was a real tragedy and the other is a TV show.

12/14/2008 7:58 PM


I should of known someone would totally take that the wrong way...Yes, indeed JJ and his followers was a true tragedy and was real (and I am sorry for all of the innocent people affected)..and KON is also a real tragedy, too (especially with innocent children being exploited and used for self gain)..all I was saying is everyone believed every word JJ said, and all of KON's followers do, too..It was a play of words on the Juicy Juice and I hate that you think it was insulting. I just hate for anyone to be sucked into believing everything they are being told and put these people on pedastals (as in the JJ case). Just relax..Both are tragedies in different aspects.

Tess said...

I also read the article on the St. Jude website. Besides the $1/Gosselin donation, the other thing that I found interesting was that Marlo Thomas sent the Gosselins a copy of her book - Thanks and Giving ALL Year Long!

Lizzy said...

Katie Irene and 2 of the tups were photographed in this week's US Weekly in the "Stars, They're Just like Us" section....VOMIT! She's the farthest thing from a "star"....what are they thinking????

Judy said...

Speaking of giving back....I'm not sure if this has been posted here before but I stumbled upon it tonight. A blog entry from 2005 with lots of town residents speaking about Jon and Kate's "prayers" for help.
http://internetservices.readingeagle.com/blog/mother/archives/2005/05/count_your_bles_1.html

Jen said...

Sick, sick, sick. I proudly work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we fulfill MANY children's wishes to meet celebrities (not that KON are celebs). Many, if not most, of the celebrities request no publicity. No cameras, no media, no nothing -- just a pure moment of joy between the child and his or her hero.

The publicity that these celebrities would receive for meeting with our kids would be tremendous, but they have the decency to understand that the child's private moment is more important than the celebrity's public image.

big_smartmouth said...

Let's also not forget that all this "giving" was probably FORCED upon them by TLC, just like the "thank you Christmas cookie" episode where they made gingerbread cookies and delivered them to all their friends & family who helped KON out. We all heard how Kate was just thrilled at that idea! I'm sure the only way Kate was going to do it this year was if she was going to get a free vacation out of it! Wishes really do come true during Christmas!

Peri said...

This is disgusting! Taken from the article on the St. Jude's website:
"As they purchased the toys at a Memphis-area Kmart, the Gosselins also added $1 to their bill for each member of the family, which would be donated to St. Jude as part of the hospital's Thanks and Giving® campaign."

You gotta be kidding? ONE WHOLE DOLLAR? How embarrassing to even put that in print! People gave them thousands when they were in need and this is how they pay it forward?! Wow, just wow! Way to say thanks, Jon and Kate!

Janine said...

The St. Judes article really makes me sick. First of all, they only donated $1 for each member of their family?? They are MILLIONAIRES...and they didnt have to pay for ANY of the toys they "donated" to the hospital, and they got PAID for going there (because they get back mega bucks for each episode).

Also, the Gosselins were given a GIFT while there, a book from the founder of St. Judes along with a personalized note thanking them for coming there.

And of course....St. Jude plugs J&K's show at the end..."Make sure to watch Jon and Kate plus 8 on December 15th...).

BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

If this family is so about "giving back"...why dont they actually GIVE BACK??

I borrowed their book from a friend and I am in the middle of reading it right now. We all remember when Kate made that big deal of going to the Ronald McDonald House and handing a lady a check to "give back" right?? Well, in their book, it states that in fact when the tups were first born and came home, their insurance company ALREADY DID THAT FOR THEM. It states that Allstate made a "hefty" donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Jon and Kates name....so now its proven that Kate handing them a check on camera was totally just damage control and just for the show.

They make me sick, and let me tell you, the book is making me dislike Kate even more...if that was possible.

Jessica said...

I have to admit that I've only read one or two comments on this particular subject, but I have to say that it really seems like they're damned if they do and damned if they don't in some of your minds. I have read things like, "Oh, I hope we see them spending time in a soup kitchen or donating their time to the needy and giving something back to the community," yet when we see them giving back, it's described as damage control. Who cares that they flew to Memphis to do a good act? Just because I live in a certain state does not mean that I am obligated to donate to a cause that's close to home. It's absurd to criticize any good act. If they didn't air this particular episode, then you all would be saying, "Oh, here is just another greedy holiday. When are we going to see them giving back?" For all the people who spend so much time speculating as to what goes on in the lives of this family off camera, how do you know that they don't give back in other ways off camera? How can anybody say with absolute certainty what they do on the days that there is no production crew in their house? Believe me, Kate is not one of my favorite people in this world, but I believe that both her and Jon are doing what they think is best for their family. Not every parent agrees what is best for their children. I just don't understand how you can judge someone when you don't walk in their shoes. And that applies to judging all people...not just the Gosselins.

MomInOhio said...

My daughter has been patient at St.Judes. I hope to God these people and their herd of kids did not go trotting through the hospital. expecially during the cold and flu season. I would of freaked out if I saw this herd coming down the hall. These kids there are SICK and do not need germs. I am just hoping that actually did not go in that hospital. St. Judes is a wonderful place. I am sad that they let these people in there.

Theresa said...

Judy--Jennifer Aniston's visit to the hospital was on the St. Jude's tv special, so yes she went there and it was televised.

Everyone--Just because the Gosselins did a show about St. Jude's (one of their favorite pediatric cancer charities) doesn't mean they did or did not give back to their community. Not all acts of charity are "recorded" by this family or anyone or any family who wants to donate. That is a person's/family's personal choice and should be respected.

Having the Gosselins at St. Jude's will do one thing...raise money for a worthy cause. If you all truly say that you're "for the kids" then stop complaining about this one. Kids who may have no hope may end up getting that tonight and smiles and fun with the G's. Whether you love them or hate them, their trip to St. Jude's will only be helping children who need it. This is actually a positive of their "celebrity" status.

Samantha said...

Disney--said
Disney said...
My husband and I are regular contributors to St. Judes and that will NOT change. However, I did go to their website to inform them about the Gosselin's exploiting their children for fame and money. If I get a response, I'll let you know.

12/14/2008 7:56 PM
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what's wrong with you? The G's did a good thing, whether you like them or not...why bother with your pecking to St.Jude's? They don't care if you or anyone doesn't like the Gosselins.

Dunwoody Mom said...

However....they could have gone there sans cameras! Why make "show" out of it?

Because this trip to St. Jude's had nothing to do with "giving back", but as another episode in the continuing of saga of "Jon and Kate, see how we exploit our 8".

DasMaedchen said...

Their quotes from the article make them sound so unintelligent. Jon saying that the children's hospital makes him feel like he's in kindergarten, and Kate saying that "well, if kids have to be in the hospital, St. Judes is the place to be!" -- why couldn't she just say that children should never have to suffer or be horribly sick, that she is glad a hospital like St. Judes exists?? She words things so awkwardly, it was like she was giving the hospital props, but in a really weird, tacky way. These people have no class. I am embarrassed for them whenever they speak. Someone needs to be, since they apparently have no shame.

And yes, I noticed a copy of their stupid book sitting in that wagon. Lame.

C said...

I wonder if Jenny was there to help but will be conveniently edited out of all shots again...

Lancy said...

Gifts they undoubtedly didn't pay for themselves. Another publicity stunt that they get paid to do by way of their show. How charitable. They are so shallow. Santa needs to bring them a new moral compass.

and fyi...i think the mention of being able to add a $1 to your kmart purchase for St.Judes, was part of the advertisement, vs. touting the gosselins imaginary charity.

Mikki said...

I see it as a symbiotic event. Both parties benefit. KON get "good" publicity and their paycheck for an episode and St. Jude's reaches more of an audience and is able to, perhaps find people to donate who might not have otherwise.

But the $10 donation? That just reeks of tacky, cheap, and thoughtless.

onebravesfan said...

Tammy H, Yeah I that is what I thought, but sometimes people tend to take things a little to far on this site so I appreciate your explanation. People believeing everything someone says happens all the time . I think it what we pick to believe after we sort the iformation is the most important. I guess we will see what the Gosselin kids filter and believe when they get older!

beachchick said...

ok I assume the show bought all of the gifts. there is no way the Greedy Gosselins bought the gifts with there own "kids" money.

SAHM said...

AGAIN.... another reason why i will not be watching this weeks episode.... going on WEEK 4!!

This really disappoints me though! Of all the places they could have "given" back to and they choose to go out of state. **shaking head in disappointment** St. Jude's is a wonderful charity so i am not trying to discredit giving to them. However, the State of Pennsylvania and its Residents have given so much to them, the least they could have done was found a local charity to "give" to and at least help out their local economy. They could have gone back to the Ronald McDonald house or to Hershey Medical Center.

AND.... if giving a dollar for each of their kids is the least they can do w/ the MILLIONS they supposedly have, then that is truly sad and just shows their GREED and SELFISHNESS! They should have matched the total cost of the gifts w/ their own money!!!

AND.... 10 bucks is all they should be able to deduct on their taxes!!!!

lifeoriley said...

Even if the Gosselins are not donating anything out of their own pocket, I'm glad they used their "celebrity" for St. Jude's. It is a worthwhile charity, IMO. I'm not saying I approve of the way the G's go about things or that they were being altruistic, but raising awareness and giving gifts to the children is a positive thing.
St. Jude's strives to care for sick children and give them a chance/hope for a normal life. It's too bad Jon and Kate won't give their own children a chance at a normal life.

Tigerfan said...

Typical J & K Gosselin to have cameras and film crew follow their every move in an attempt to seek validation and further convince their 'audience' that they are worthy and deserving ; We are parents of two sets of multiples, we love each other and will be together forever, we 'give back', we have the top ranking reality show on TLC, WE, WE, WE, WE, I, I , I , I!! Once again, J & K Gosselin have prooven, without a doubt, that feeding their own egos is the #1 top ranking priority on their 'things to do today' list!

LauraJean said...

What BS ! Giving back ?? Laughable. They shop at K-Mart and don't spend a dime, they donate $1 per family member (whoop to do) and then they get paid thousandfs for the episode where they hand out gifts....this is bullshit, does TLC really think we are all this stupid????

momofmanyboys said...

Giving back should begin at home. Give the kids back their privacy, their dignity, their cousins, friends, aunt, uncles and grandparents. Best get, give respect to each other and apologize to the ones who have been offended. Christmas is the best time to mend fences and an apology goes a long way in bringing a family unit back together. Been there, tried it and it does work. Pray that this is possible before its too late.

C said...

Dunwoody Mom said...
However....they could have gone there sans cameras! Why make "show" out of it?

Because this trip to St. Jude's had nothing to do with "giving back", but as another episode in the continuing of saga of "Jon and Kate, see how we exploit our 8".

12/15/2008 3:51 AM

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Why make a show of it? It's called damage control. TLC is trying to fix an image that Kate and Jon have engraved in so many minds over the years, since the tups have been born, of being greedy freeloaders incapable of thinking of others.

Oh and let's not forget the entitlement issues. Remember last year's Christmas episode? Kate proclaiming, "Who am I to say no to free stuff?" What a difference a year makes when trying to keep this show going for as long as possible!

Vicki said...

Can someone, anyone explain to me why large corporate companies and
in this case a worthy charity NOT
research the Gosselins fully BEFORE they get caught up in Kates web?
I have read so many of the old news articles kindly posted here on this blog and it did not take me
long to see the truth about Kate.

Hambone said...

There's good and greed to this episode.

I'll start with the good:

* The Gosselin kids get to see that there are sick children fighting for their lives, and will hopefully see how blessed they are to be healthy.

* They actually got a chance to interact with other kids outside of their own family.

* They are being taught charity
( however, see my other thoughts on this below )

* The kids at St. Judes's are probably J&K Plus 8 fans and it was probably a thrill for them to get to see the Gosselin kids in real life. If that put a smile on their face for an hour or so, then I can set aside my disdain for the show for one day.

Then there is the greed:

* The kids are being taught charity, but they are being taught that it is only done if being filmed and not from the goodness of the heart. They are being taught that giving must be accompanied by getting a pat on the back for doing so.

* Why give out copies of Beth's book ? How would that interest a sick kid?

* The cameras and publicity and fame whoring. Enough said.

* Why gifts from Kmart? Because they were....free? Surely when you are going to give back, you actually use your OWN money to do so. I was "almost" in agreement of this episode being acceptable, until I found out the gifts came from none other than Kmart. Free gifts given out and called "giving back".....how low can you go.

AUNTYK.K. said...

Here are some ideas that would have been a 'REAL LESSON" in giving for the 'gosselin' children.

Go, buy all sorts of 'small gifts' and "FILL" tons of OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD boxes, (the ones with samaritanspurse). Then each child could pick a boy/girl, and there's 3 age groups..then fill the boxes with toys/games/crayons/paper/stickers/clothes, etc. and once filled send to the organization to be 'mailed' to 3rd countries.

They could have even made a show out of that...buying the toys/getting the boxes/filling the boxes/taking them to the organization.

Then there's other places, like harvest of Hope, and many others, where you "donate" money for Bibles/health issues/builds' shelters/helps with education--school supplies,,etc. you get the idea.
Then there's ones that 'buy animals" for families..

There's SO MUCH more that wouldn't have involved the EXPENSES of 10 people FLYING and taking HOTEL ACCOMMODATION and MEALS...actually when you think of ALL the MONEY SPENT to 'GIVE" it's OUTRAGOUS!!!

Let's see, 10 flights, about 3 rooms, 3 meals/day for 10 for a weekend, (not including 'film crew'), It should run in the upper thousands.

All that MONEY could have GONE to NEEDY...That's what makes me MAD!!
Yes, they gave to St. Jude's and that's great...but something without SPENDING thousands would have MADE MORE SENSE!!

Travis said...

I live in Memphis and refuse to watch this episode. I'll wait for the recap. It is extremely odd that they come here of all places to give back. Also, there is only ONE K-mart left in the Memphis area that is a good hour from the hospital. Seems like such a waste of money on travel/fuel that could have been given to the hospital.

In response to the posts questioning why St. Jude bought into the whole KON game, they would never turn down any type of donation. It costs over $1 million PER DAY to operate, so I'm sure they don't care who the donors are as long as they can continue to cure cancer.

beachchick said...

LauraJean said it best!!!
you are 100% right. I also think they should have donated all the money from that episode to st.Jude.

RuthinVA said...

Kate does whatever gets the biggest bang for her buck!

Karine said...

I just watched the interview with Kate from Wood TV in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a total idiot and so snotty and cold. She needs to stop punctuating her every word with "um." At first, I was shocked and appalled to see the lines of sheeple waiting to get their books signed. Then I rememberred that this is definitely "sheeple country." That whole area of Michigan (Grand Rapids, Grandville, etc.) is full of fundamentalist evangelicals who love KON and are their fan base. How dumb can these people be? Do they not see the hypocrisy? I will NOT be watching the episode tonight. I look forward to 3F's recap which I always find both entertaining and enlightening.

shawna said...

It is obvious the only reason they were at St.Judes is because they are working for Kmart. The St. Jude article says that Kmart is a sponser. That means all ten of them were there working. They can't even do caritable work without getting paid.

Yuck!

sean said...

It was interesting Marlo Thomas who continues the great work her father started, was "unable" to meet with them. Maybe she is aware of the backlash against them. St. Jude is a wonderful hospital but someone didn't do their homework by allowing them to film there.

kate is a cocky bitch said...

I wonder if Kate asked to be paid for her time when she visted the children's hospital

Jennifer said...

* Why give out copies of Beth's book ? How would that interest a sick kid?

My guess is that since TLC is presumably covering all expenses associated with this episode, TLC bought those copies at list price in order to distribute, which in turn generates royalties for Kate/Jon. It's also a way to promote themselves.

So, in other words, it's all about maximizing profits (big surprise, huh?).

I can't put into words how it sickens me that they can't even manage "charity" without getting in a plug for their sponsor. Basically, they are being paid from all sides (Kmart, TLC) in order to "give back." Why even bother with this blatant attempt at damage control? Since they're obviously incapable of being anything other than greedy and selfish, they might as well own it!

wramblinwreck said...

"Not all acts of charity are "recorded" by this family or anyone or any family who wants to donate. That is a person's/family's personal choice and should be respected."

The fact that the Gosselins chose to have their contribution to the Ronald McDonald House filmed for their show, as well as their yard sale to donate money to a charity, and the effort for St. Jude's indicates they very much want the public to know about their "generosity." There is absolutely no need for them to film any of this activity because, as you point out, charitable giving is a private matter which most families don't record on film to be shown to an audience. I can respect anyone's choice to make charitable donations, but I have no respect for people who want to be filmed doing their charitable deeds to enhance their image for their TV show and associated public appearances.

2badsosad said...

RuthinVA said...
Kate does whatever gets the biggest bang for her buck!

12/15/2008 8:33 AM

And provides the sustitance to feed and sustain her ever growing ego!

Nancy said...

I must say that St Jude's is a very worthy charity and I'm glad they got something out of J&K's publicity stunt. (I'm impressed that J&K donated $10 of their OWN MONEY!!! Wowza!) Too bad the Gosselins had to go and make it a big ole display of "look-at-us-we-are-giving-back", while they are "donating" gifts that were "donated" to THEM by K-Mart and, at the same time, getting another free trip out of town. I wonder how they feel about having been so "generous" when it cost them nearly nothing. Also, too bad they couldn't have done something for a charity which didn't involve a free trip. How about taking the money that would have been spent on a free trip with all the perks including golf and spa, and donating THAT to charity?

LAP said...

I have to admit that I've only read one or two comments on this particular subject, but I have to say that it really seems like they're damned if they do and damned if they don't in some of your minds. I have read things like, "Oh, I hope we see them spending time in a soup kitchen or donating their time to the needy and giving something back to the community," yet when we see them giving back, it's described as damage control. Who cares that they flew to Memphis to do a good act? Just because I live in a certain state does not mean that I am obligated to donate to a cause that's close to home. It's absurd to criticize any good act. If they didn't air this particular episode, then you all would be saying, "Oh, here is just another greedy holiday. When are we going to see them giving back?"

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Your right in that they don't have to give back to the state of PA, but after so much help KON received from the state of PA you would think that they would.

Maybe they did and didn't show it. But who are we kidding...this is KON and they have chosen to have their lives filmed. They would have definately showed them giving back in their own state.

Mari said...

Elitism rears its' ugly head, Kate-style!
Though I'm always thrilled to hear of people giving, especially to childrens organizations, I find myself scowling at the fact that the Gosselins are "giving" to St. Jude's. *shrug* I guess I get the distinct feeling that since REAL celebrites such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Robin Williams, Antonio Banderas, etc have ALWAYS given to St. Jude's, they seem to think they really are celebrites as well!

Truth?If I were Kon, I'd donate to the NICU that helped keep my little money-makers healthy. Heck, I'd donate a whole wing named after the family if I had their kind of "money" and/or endorsements!

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Karine,

I agree with you 100% about the constant "um" coming out of Kate's mouth. Doesn't she realize that it makes her sound like a dumb idiot. You would think that someone who exposes themselves to the public like she does, would learn how to talk right. You know that if that was Jon saying "um" every two seconds, Kate would be all over him.

Kate is snotty and cold in that interview. she doesn't even smile. What a phony.

Na Na said...

real celebrities do not broadcast what they do to "give back"
but then again as we all know KON are NOT real celebrities

Judy said...

Theresa said...
Judy--Jennifer Aniston's visit to the hospital was on the St. Jude's tv special, so yes she went there and it was televised.

My point is that Jen didn't go to promote herself. She didn't go to show herself giving to St Judes. I highly doubt her motives were anything but selfless. Robin Williams did a commercial too.
Brad and Angelina don't televise their charity.
Kate and John have a history of taking. They have a history of crying poor when they in fact were not. They have a history of a sense of entitlement. (This is all documented by early accounts of ex volunteers, neighbors and acquaintances).
The fact that they have had to televise 4 different acts of giving back just rubs me the wrong way.
Maybe they have given back much more than they don't show on TV. That would be great but since they have a track record for having to show the good they do, I hardly doubt it. Plus many if not most of the things that were donated to them wound up in consignment stores. This was after they promised to pay it forward. There are just too many holes and inconsistentcies in their show/life.

Vicki said...

DunwoodyMom said: Jon&Kate, see how we exploit our 8. That sums it it for me.

Michelle said...

I think if they wanted to give back, it should be without cameras. Or they should just stay in,kick the cameras out, lock the doors.Dont film an episode, now thats giving back..take a break!

ashley said...

Ya know what, as much as I dont like the Gosselins and Im pretty sure the gifts cost them nothing, Im really happy for the kids that are getting presents. Its kinda hard to say anything bad about them for this episode.

pinkdiamond611 said...

Maybe it is damage control, but if it brings publicity to St. Judes Hospital then some good will come of it.

ashley said...

Im not a supporter of KON, but after reading these comments Im pretty perplexed...... Nobody believes they are giving back because they want to and everybody seems angry that they made a show out of it. Yet if they didnt make a show out of it ya'll would say they dont give back and are unappreciative. It seems like no matter what KON does everybody is just focusing on the negative.

Ryan's Mom said...

My son, now deceased, was a cancer patient at a large well-known children's hospital - not St. Jude's. Let me tell you how exhausted these parents are - and not Kate's version of exhaustion as she does not know the meaning of the word. Let me also tell you what impressed me the most as a parent. Many people - some "celebrities" and some not - would just come in and volunteer to read to the kids if they were well enough, or give autographed footballs or have their photos taken with the kids or parents - again if the kids were well enough. We never knew who was coming because there were NO camera crews and no publicity. The celebrities didn't come there for that. I am sure most of them also left large checks - again, no publicity.

How dare these people call attention to themselves in the face of serious illness. Just send in a donation and keep it to yourself like the Bible says.

I am sickened by these people. I don't blame St. Jude's as they need to get money from wherever they can. But last I heard you don't need a camera present to send a check.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Hmmm, I'm sure that Kate will say that God told her to donate to St. Jude's.

Kate probably didn't give back to her own community, because she knows that they don't like her there.

Rachel107 said...

Marisa said...
I'd be livid if I was someone in their community that gave to them and then tuned in to their show to see them giving back to everyone but to the people who gave to them.

I don't understand this comment at all. I don't think anyone who gave money or items to the Gosselins way back when was expecting payback, even if they won Powerball. That's not the concept of charity. You don't give to people expecting something back. That's not charity; that's a loan.

I do think some of these show ideas are "damage control," but my hope is that, in the process of filming, J&K realize how truly lucky they are. More than lucky--unbelievably blessed. And I hope one day that is enough for them.

cantienne said...

Shame on them for using St. Jude's Children's Hospital for their own damage control!

Shame on them for pushing their book of lies on parents with sick children. They have more important things to worry about than reading KON's story of greed.

Shame on them for continuing to exploit their children!

SHAME ON THEM!

AvaMava15 said...

As many others have said, they should have taken the kids on a day when the camera's were not filming and they could really going without being seen as using it for damage control. Or they simply could of just sent a check. Because that is what parents really want, a bunch of snotty, bratty little germs, I mean kids, handing out toys to their kids, who are probably too tired and sick to play with them. Call me stupid, but if I was one of those parents I would much rather them send a check that would go towards the HEALING of my child. I guess that Kate wanted to give toys because she was given material things and it made her feel better, so she assumed the same of those parents. When really, Kate's situation was the result of a choice she made, these parents had no idea this was going to happen to their children. Seems a little staged to me. When I donate my time or money, I don't make a big deal out of it, I simply just do so quietly and with a humble heart and spirit. They probably did it on Tv so that they would get the toys for free, that they are giving away for free. It's like the yard sale, they are making money off things in past years that were given to them. I think Kate just likes to give back so she can sleep a little better at ngiht and be able to look at herself in the mirror and say, "You are an amazing person."

Vera Blue said...

I'm not a Kmart shopper. Does anyone know if Multiple Blessings is sold at the store?
I did see in the Sunday ads that Target is selling their dvd of J$K+8 for $9.99.

Got2Go said...

IMO, J & K GAVE nothing BACK! More than likely the toys were donated on behalf of Kmart, J & K's time, appearance travel and accomodations were paid for by TLC/Figure 8 Productions as part of the terms and conditions of filming the reality tv show. I do not begrudge St Jude, as it is a reputable and worthy charity. However, shame on J & K and TLC in describing this episode as 'giving BACK'! Another episode that is ALL about feeding the egos of J & K Gosselin in the name of charity. Tsk, Tsk.

Sarah said...

I'm always glad when St. Jude is supported, they do amazing things for families! However, it makes me sad that the heart behind it isn't one of giving. It's out of trying to get people to believe that they're a shiny, happy family.

The other thing I think they're missing, is that true giving is given not only out of kindness, but out of sacrifice. Of course, I have not seen the episode yet, but I hope that some of the cost for this came out of their own pockets. I'm sure it didn't but I really am hoping!

It's easy to give when you're in front of a camera, and everything has been paid for, and you just get to be the hero. But for a lot of us, giving is a sacrifice that we make to brighten the lives of others, even for just a little while. With NOTHING in it for ourselves, except for knowing in our heart of hearts that we've done the right thing.

So I hope that they chose to do something out of the spotlight too. Something that comes from the heart, and the spirit of Christmas, and not from the need for attention, and redemption.

Marissa said...

Rqachel107 said...I don't think anyone who gave money or items to the Gosselins way back when was expecting payback, even if they won Powerball. That's not the concept of charity. You don't give to people expecting something back. That's not charity; that's a loan.
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I agree with you. I don't think that anybody that gave to them was "expecting" anything back. They, unlike Kon, probably understand the concept of charity. My point was that Kon has spent a lot of time giving back to lots of other places, rather than to the place that helped them when they needed it. They are in the position now to help the very community that helped take care of their family. Not to repay a loan but to return the favor and be gracious.

Jessica said...

Just to clear something up, the $10 that they donated was at the K-Mart store. It's one of those deals where they ask you while you're ringing out, "Would you like to donate a dollar to such and such a charity?" And then you fill out the paper that they display in the store. What were they supposed to say? Yes, we'll donate a million dollars. For the life of me, I cannot understand criticizing a good deed. Who cares what their motive is? Bottom line: They helped to brighten the day of sick children. They are teaching their children something good, no matter how you want to construe it. And they didn't parade their kids around the hospital. If you read the article on the St. Jude's website, the children stayed in a separate area and watched their parents interact on a television.

WENDY said...

St. Jude's Hospital has always used celebrities to promote giving. It wouldn't surprise me if St. Jude's contacted J&K's agent or whoever and suggested having them promote the hospital. They are well know and well received around the country. Figure 8 used it to create an episode, promote J&K and their sponsors as well. Somehow, I don't think Kate came up with this scenario on her own. It's all about promotion.

ashley said...

Jessica:

I agree with you 100%. Im not very fond of the Gosselin family but I dont think they should be judge for giving back. The $10 the gave at Kmart is great, Ive been in line when people wont even give a dollar and it makes me so mad! I think the Gosselins did a really great thing this episode, they gave to children who truly deserve it.

Gregory House said...

St. Jude's is definitely a cause worthy of helping- even if it was by these KON-artists.

My complaint with the whole thing is how they went about doing it. There are ways that they can be recognized for giving without this huge production and charade.

Lulu said...

Jen Said: Sick, sick, sick. I proudly work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we fulfill MANY children's wishes to meet celebrities (not that KON are celebs). Many, if not most, of the celebrities request no publicity. No cameras, no media, no nothing -- just a pure moment of joy between the child and his or her hero.

The publicity that these celebrities would receive for meeting with our kids would be tremendous, but they have the decency to understand that the child's private moment is more important than the celebrity's public image.
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Wow! You're SO RIGHT. Jon and Kate need to read that...especially the last part.
Thank you for posting!

Get a Clue said...

My issue isn't who they gave the money to, but HOW they did it. They made an episode out of it and that's what bothers me. The airfare, hotels, meals, etc for the family and production crew would have been a fantastic donation to the hospital. Plugging J&K giving toys that were donated by K Mart to the hospital is just flat disingenuous and we're supposed to be gullible viewers, swallow it, and go oh how great J&K are. No they aren't. Let's applaud the person on the production crew who arranged if we think it's a good idea. They are the one(s) who did the good deed.

downtheroad said...

Ashley said "Ive been in line when people wont even give a dollar and it makes me so mad!"

How do you know they didn't give a dollar the day before, or they didn't give one in another store?

People need to chill. (and not pass judgement on others)

BAC said...

Blogger WENDY said...

St. Jude's Hospital has always used celebrities to promote giving. It wouldn't surprise me if St. Jude's contacted J&K's agent or whoever and suggested having them promote the hospital. They are well know and well received around the country. Figure 8 used it to create an episode, promote J&K and their sponsors as well. Somehow, I don't think Kate came up with this scenario on her own. It's all about promotion.


Not to defend KON but I don't think they come up with any of these ideas. I think it is all business thought up by or presented to Figure 8 and they go with it for their own good as does KON!

C said...

Any time you have to have a camera crew follow you while doing your charity work, it cheapens the deed.

I remember reading something about George Steinbrenner and the millions he's donated to charity over the years. He's never asked and doesn't want it to be televised, broadcast or reported on in the the news, he just does it. He gives to those in need and has done so for decades. You rarely if ever will see him being photographed or broadcasting his charitable work. Kon should take some pointers from him.

2badsosad said...

J & K devote one day to 'giving back' (albiet fully compensated via TLC/Figure 8 productions), but in true J & K fashion, spend the remaining 364 days a year as the same child exploiting, hypocritical scam artists they have always been. Awwww, what a wicked web we weave........

CeeCee said...

The way this should have been done:
Gosselin family taking presents they picked out and bought with their own money to front door of St. Jude.
Gosseling family waving goodbye to viewers as they enter hospital.
The rest of the show focusing on what St. Jude does and the kids the hospital and their research have helped.

BAC said...

KON claims to live according to the Bible. Perhaps they should reread Mattew 6:1 "Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you."

Since I have their address,
I think I will send this verse to KON in a Christmas card with lots of glitter inside. You know they will open it thinking there might be money inside!

ThreeFarmers said...

Ok, this is my take on the whole "giving back" situation.

My bet is that J&K had little or nothing to do with setting up this scheme. I think that a bunch of suits at Kmart, St. Jude's, and Figure 8 put the whole thing together.

Kmart wanted to do some publicity with St. Judes. Since St. Judes isn't in the business of turning down donations or publicity, they readily accepted. Since Kate is a Kmart spokesperson and the Gosselin's show would mean lots of publicity for all involved, the whole situation was spun to give the impression that it was the Gosselins doing the giving. That way, it's a three-way win. Kmart gets spotlighted, St. Jude's gets the donations and the publicity, and the Gosselins get an episode and some positive press.

What went wrong is that the previews are trying to make it look as if the Gosselins are the ones doing the giving, when in fact, it is Kmart. It's like the Gosselins are taking credit that they don't deserve.

The show should have been marketed as something like, "Kmart teams up with the Gosselins to bring holiday cheer to St. Jude's" or something. It wouldn't be so misleading that way.

The whole deal with the $1 donation I'm sure is to highlight that service to Kmart customers, not to make it look as if the G's were only kicking in a buck a piece.

The whole plan seems to have been executed poorly.

C J said...

Nothing against St Jude's, it's a wonderful place. But, for all of us that think giving back to children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania would have been a better idea - I Googled "Pennsylvania Children's Hospitals":

http://healthguideusa.org/childrens/pennsylvania_childrens_hospitals.htm

I'm sure there are more hospitals in the state that have large childrens wards that also would love donations of toys. The Shriner's Hospital in Erie is like St Jude's, in that everyone is admitted, regardless of income and ability to pay.

GoAwayNow said...

KON claims to live according to the Bible. Perhaps they should reread Mattew 6:1 "Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you."

J & K ONLY reference biblical scripture that are the most fitting to their self serving agenda; all the remaining is totally irrelevant and serves zero purpose in their life.

Judy said...

BAC said...
KON claims to live according to the Bible. Perhaps they should reread Mattew 6:1 "Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you."
Since I have their address,
I think I will send this verse to KON in a Christmas card with lots of glitter inside. You know they will open it thinking there might be money inside!
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Brilliant idea! I have their address too and I'm thinking I may do the same thing! Thanks.

Meg said...

She looks at herself as inspirational for raising 8 kids - PUKE!!!
And yes Kate - these children at St. Jude have more respect for what they have than you will ever ever understand.

RuthinVA said...

I have always been able to sit and watch Kate lie through out an episode, I would just get mad afterwards. But I can't sit and watch Kate lie about wanting to give back when kids with cancer are involved.Shame on you Kate!

Meg said...

Oh - if you are wondering - they stayed at the Peabody (hundreds per night). It is the "place to see and be seen". I would know that hotel anywhere.

Meg said...

Did anyone hear Katie slip - "KMart was nice enough to let us come there and collect things for our kids - I mean, the St. Jude kids"

Kristie said...

Oh I didn't know K-Mart did carry out service!!!

ashley said...

Ms. Beverly........ hmmmm damage control IMO.

BAC said...

All those hours of laundry folding and all Bev gets it a couple of lousy candles!

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Kate probably has her bodyguards opening her mail. I recall Jon telling her she was paranoid. I think Jon is right.

Mariely said...

Meg, I also noticed they were staying at The Peabody. Beautiful, swanky hotel. And definitely not cost-efficient.

Kate absolutely drives me crazy with her quiet, monotone droning. She doesn't seem excited or enthusiastic about ANYTHING! I also haven't seen her smile so far...come to think of it, I can't remember the last episode where she seemed to be enjoying her life.

P.S.--Why does she care if those ducks live in the "lap of luxury"? The ducks didn't earn that any more than she and Jon did!

CincyMom said...

I really don't give one hootenany what anyone thinks tonight. J&K's show helped show awareness for St. Jude's. Not what J&K do there, but the kids at St. Jude's.

I will have a lot to think about tonight when I go to bed across the hall from a healthy 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl.

timetogokon said...

It's like the Gosselins are taking credit that they don't deserve.

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What else is new ?

This episode is just as ridiculous and disingenuous as the Yard Sale episode.

Yes, $ will be made and donated to these 2 worthwhile causes, which is always a good thing. Unfortunately, the deeds are tainted by the manner in which the money/time is donated.

I would like to read an article (not see an episode!) about how the entire family went to a local soup kitchen to feed the hungry and homeless. No cameras, no freebies, no travel, no product placement, no $ involved. Just a few hours of honest giving and actual work that would benefit so many.

Just another terrible example Jon and Kare are setting for the children. They make me sick.

Jolene said...

It made me want to vomit listening to Kate talk about how nice it was being able to walk around a store and pick whatever they wanted. First of all, I don't believe that's the first time that had happened. Second, I can't STAND the way she kept skirting around what we all know she was trying to say...that the toys were provided by K-Mart. She knows that's what happened, we know that's what happened, and it's insulting to assume we think the gifts were bought the way the rest of us do our shopping. I honestly don't care that K-Mart provided the toys, but I wish Kate would have the integrity to just SAY that!

RuthinVA said...

Anonymous said: Because, by being filmed there, they will put St Jude's on the radar for MILLIONS of people who may in turn donate there. I just don't get the hate towards J&K for doing this. Any charity would be thrilled to be on national TV, with the work they do being discussed throughout the episode. It's like a free 60 minute commercial for them. Are they supposed to turn that away?

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I have given to St Judes every month for years, I don't need the antics of Kate to help others. She is doing this for a self serving purpose and that's not charity. It is Kate trying to to justify her greediness in her own mind. It is okay for Kate to ruin her children's lives as long as she convinces TLC and Kmart to give to St Judes. Oh yeah, that makes sense to me.

Tracy said...

I was reading US magazine the other day and they have a section "they are just like us" and they have celebs pumping gas or grocery shopping. Well, one photo was "The Gosselins give back". Can you say "photo op". There just happened to have someone there with a camera...

Catherine said...

I wonder why Cara looks so miserable. Anybody else notice that? It's a shame to see such a young girl spend so much time frowning...

LIT said...

Ok first thing first.

Kate is a sponser for Kmart. The gosselins gave maybe $8 to those sick kids because kmart probably paid the bill for those gifts (including the elmo that kate HAD to give her kid)

Second. The irony in her talking about the ducks living in luxury, eh? DO YOU SEE WHERE YOU ARE STAYING LADY?! For free nonetheless.

Kaylee said...

I would like to read an article (not see an episode!) about how the entire family went to a local soup kitchen to feed the hungry and homeless. No cameras, no freebies, no travel, no product placement, no $ involved. Just a few hours of honest giving and actual work that would benefit so many.
There are age limits for workers at soup kitchens. Six four year olds would not be welcome at most.

I'm enjoying the episode so far. St. Judes is a wonderful cause. Alexis is adorable! :)

DirtyDisher said...

Ashly said "The $10 the gave at Kmart is great, Ive been in line when people wont even give a dollar and it makes me so mad!"

Man, sometimes people don't have a dollar to give. There have been times I've had the groceries in my cart added up in my head right down to the last dollar, 'specially at this time of year. And to tell the truth, it's embarassing to be asked to give when you can't. I don't think the stores should do that to people. Don't be so quick to get mad.

Yet Jon And Kate make money BY giving. It's messed up.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Ms. Beverly is nice, but I would rather see Beth or Jodi.

Hanna said...

Okay, I think the reason I keep watching is because I (foolishly) believe every week that Jon/Kate will finally admit that they are no longer a struggling family.

They fly out of town to visit a hospital. They go to a store and pick out whatever they want (free) for the patients. They stay with their EIGHT young children at the Peabody Hotel. Yes, I understand that TLC/Figure 8 takes care of all of that. I just wish that Jon/Kate would finally admit that.

AvaMava15 said...

Oh My God, enough with the product placement...........

RuthinVA said...

I switched after the first couple of minutes, I am now watching the original, The Christmas Carol. It is sort of like still watching Jon and Kate, you know with scrooge and everything!

Erin said...

I'm a 3rd grade teacher, and I read The Tale of Despereaux to my class. The tups are too young to appreciate it...there is some tough vocabulary, and the themes are quite complex. I guess I'm just glad to see Kate reading to them. I don't think I've ever seen that before. I'd be even happier if I didn't think she was just reading to them because she was told the show needed to promote the book/movie.

Meg said...

Mariely - I like the complaining about the duck palace as well. I still don't think the ducks have it as well off as JK.
CincyMom - as a former researcher at St. Jude's I am thrilled that the hospital is highlighted, but I would have liked to see/hear more about the ins and outs of what happens there and the importance of St. Judes as an institution. I would have like to hear about Danny Thomas. I thank God St. Jude's is there for so many.

And how many of you now want to go see the mouse movie?

ashley said...

CincyMom,

Im with you, the Gosselins did a great thing this episode.

MEMATL said...

I lived in Memphis for 33 years. Both of my kids were born there, and all of our parents were born there. I've traveled to Memphis for the Holidays, for 16 years. Staying at the Peabody would be a dream come true for my family.I'm not poor, just too expensive for us.

St. Jude is a great place. My sister-in-law was a MD there for several years. But I hate seeing both the G kids and Kate's explanations for their good deeds on TV. I want to crawl under the sofa.

Tee said...

In a roundabout way, KON did give back to me, at least. Their disgraceful shenanigans gave me my time back since I no longer watch the show! :)

DasMaedchen said...

So....how much do you think they got paid to pimp out the Despereaux movie??

I'm sorry. Even when she tries to do a good thing, Kate is sickening. Jon is just pathetic.

The kids are quickly becoming quite spoiled- Alexis throwing a tantrum in K-Mart...yes, ALL kids throw tantrums, but the reason those kids will be spoiled brats is because Kate gave in and bought her the Elmo toy. Like those kids are deprived in any way besides emotionally? Sorry Kate, a stuffed muppet can't undo the damage you and Jon have done!

And Hannah smacking Alexis for no apparent reason. B R A T S

This whole family is awful. It's sad because the kids still have a chance to be nice decent people, but not if their parents have anything to do with it.

Sickening.

I am glad the St. Jude's got some new toys for the hospital though. That's the silver lining. Those children deserve the freebies, not Jon and Kate.

Cyndi said...

The show is their life and their life is the show, except now it is ALL scripted to try and keep Kate in line. What phonies.

RuthinVA said...

ashley said...
IMHO there is always some sort of spare change to give.

12/15/2008 6:36 PM

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I try to help as many people as I can and have learned there are a lot of people that do not know where their next meal is coming from, a lot are families. So, no everyone does not always have spare change. Just be happy we do!

Denise said...

Why does she care if those ducks live in the "lap of luxury"?

Can't have those ducklings living better than her "goslings"!!!

crazycatlady said...

I was flipping through the TV just now, and I stopped on the show for a couple of minutes. Suddenly my two pugs who rarely bark started going nuts at the TV. Even they can see through their crap!

Merrilee said...

Kate is such a phony I just want to slap her sideways, and get that ugly hair out of her ugly face.

timetogokon said...

I would like to read an article (not see an episode!) about how the entire family went to a local soup kitchen to feed the hungry and homeless. No cameras, no freebies, no travel, no product placement, no $ involved. Just a few hours of honest giving and actual work that would benefit so many.

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There are age limits for workers at soup kitchens. Six four year olds would not be welcome at most.
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KON and the twins are certainly old enough.

Regardless, my point was that there are so many ways to quietly give back that are from the heart and involve actual giving back, not just acting like it for the sake of damage control.

Ava Beth said...

It's disheartening to me that Kate can't work up a little enthusiasm when talking about her visit to St. Jude's. She sounds completely, utterly bored. Her voice is monotone...I haven't heard it change yet. Oh, except for when she was yelling while they were wrapping presents.

I know this is just a job to her, but I wish she could pretend to enjoy it...at least for this episode.

ashley said...

This episode was great, its the reason I fell in love with the Gosselins from the beginning. Theres nothing wrong with what the Gosselins did, they gave to a needy cause and because of their efforts (paid for by them or not) alot of children are going to have a happier Christmas this year.

Katete said...

Hannah is a brat, she likes to stick out her tongue a lot and hits her brothers and sisters. Alexis was mature in saying "I did notknow why she did that."

ashley said...

I think Kate was uncomfortable around the St. Jude kids, it really is touching her. Maybe her life is on the mend.

RuthinVA said...

ashley said...
RuthinVA:

It doesnt always have to be spare change, a friendly smile and a hello can brighten anyones day.

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Ashley,
I too try my best at living the Golden Rule, I just wish Kate did!

Rach said...

While there is certainly something to be said about "service to others in silence," it is definitely more meaningful to actually meet the people to whom you are donating/serving. Of course it was filmed, it was a big moment in the children's lives. A lot of the kids and their parents are fans of Jon and Kate + 8 so it was special for them to not only to get toys, but to meet the people they see on TV every week.

Betty said...

Maybe they don't have it to give. Maybe they give to charity elsewhere. I get mad when strangers in the store judge me for not giving a dollar to the cause of the day.

I agree. I don't like to be hit up to give to the charity of the week when I'm checking out of various stores. I give where I want to and don't need that kind of pressure to give to what someone else has picked out. So I never participate because I don't like it.

timetogokon said...

ashley said...
IMHO there is always some sort of spare change to give.

12/15/2008 6:36 PM

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I try to help as many people as I can and have learned there are a lot of people that do not know where their next meal is coming from, a lot are families. So, no everyone does not always have spare change. Just be happy we do!



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I try to give when I can . I don't judge others if they don't because it's a personal choice or necessity that is none of my business.

That being said, I DO have a problem with the way KON "give back" because it has absolutely nothing to do with doing something good that comes from your heart. Their "donations" are purely for their own personal gain.

to Jen-
your post about the Make-a-Wish foundation prompted me to call the local chapter in my area (Wash DC). I am a SAHM with a few hours to spare, and I left a message with the director about me donating a few hours each week. I've been wanting to do something like that for a long time - thanks for the reminder !

MEMATL said...

Copies of their book, their DVD's, and the movie plug books. Wow.

And 5 times she said she was in the hospital for 10 weeks. I'm sure that comforted the families.

And she's a nurse too.

These families have very ill children. And the comment about the 4 year old being way beyond her years, because she has 4 years old. Makes a lot of sense.

Exhausted said...

I'm not going to criticize them for ushering the KMart gifts to the charity because anything is better than nothing....

But, do these two not have the personalities of rotting slugs? They are talking with all these kids, and they can barely make conversation. They seldom touch anyone, and their conversation is cold. Why are they so dead inside? They need finishing school!

It pains me to see that all these opportunities are lost on a couple who has no class, no style, and no personality. I know so many people who would do wonders with what they have.

And no she did not give them her book! I wonder if the publisher provided those copies free of charge or if Kate made TLC purchase each copy before it was given out.

rachel said...

The very end with Kate talking on the couch was fake but o well, the children at st. Judes are very happy and thats what matters.

AJ said...

At the end she says she didn't do this to pat herself on the back...hmmmm. It appears she is reading.

Meg said...

Did anyone count the number of times Kate said "It's better to give than to receive"?
It was as if she was going to keep saying it until she believed it.
I watch the show now only to see what products I should not buy for my family (those featured on the show), where not to shop (Kmart), and now, what movies I should not go see.

Erin said...

I don't understand why Kate and Jon were so stoic. It's emotional to be at any hospital seeing the patients, let alone little patients. Jon mentioned that he got choked up, but otherwise they were so uncomfortable talking about it. Why not just get teary and let it out? I was teary watching it!

Also, every time Kate said she spent 10 weeks in the hospital I wanted to hit her in the FACE. You were a 28 year old grown woman, not a sick child! No comparison Kate! You don't understand what it's like on them!

debi said...

I broke down and started watching this episode. After a few minutes I turned the channel. Too depressing. Not the children they visited...but KON. They acted like they didn't want to even be there and were so glum. So much for cheering up the kids.

Talk about self-centered. How many times did she mention about being in the hospital while on bed rest for her litter? There's a BIG difference about being the the hospital for cancer than there is from being over impregnated. Was she going for sympathy? She wasn't getting it from me, and all I wanted to say was SHUT UP already.

They were also giving autographs. So this WAS all about JON and not the kids. Give me a break. ENOUGH already.

Kristin said...

I think it's great that the show gave some publicity to St. Jude. It is truly a great organization and hopefully the show will encourage others to donate.

On the other hand, I do agree with many of the posts that they could have given money to other similar organizations. For example, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center (where the tups were born) has a pediatric cancer fund called the Four Diamonds Fund that pays for all costs related to fighting the cancer, and provides tons of emotional support to the families and children and also supports research. Although it's great that the kids at St. Jude will be receiving gifts, was it really necessary for them to travel to Memphis? The money that was spent on airfare or gas and the luxury hotel cost could have gone directly to charity and done even more good for truly deserving kids.

And of course, Kate has to make things about herself with her whole "When I was in the hospital for 2 and a half months..."

Jodie said...

I haven't read all the comments, so sorry if this is a repeat, but they even got the wrapping paper for free!! I knew all the gifts were comped by KMart, but I recognized the wrapping paper being from there too. So really, the $10 in ones is the only charitable thing we saw the G's do for the whole episode.

debi said...

Plus...how much did they actually give back? Do any of these kids really watch the show?

Also, how many of those coloring book and other presents do you think they actually bought from money out of their own pocket? I bet not one cent.

C said...

The thing that got to me the most was their drone behavior and tone of Kon's voices. It's like they didn't want to be there, but they were there explaining everything with absolutely no emotion or feeling. They didn't looked touched or emotional at all, but moreso reading from a script or had scripted lines the whole show.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Even Stevie Wonder could see that this show was more damage control. Kate needs a dictionary for Christmas. I lost count of how many times she said "awesome."

I love kids, but I can not take those kids screaming. They are always fighting with each other, and hitting each other. The Gosselin family is one big dysfunctional family. They need help.

Betty said...

That's the thing with Jon and Kate, it's just chug out an episode. It's truly a job for them and it's so obvious someone else has to come up with the ideas for the show. I'm happier watching the Roloffs where you can tell these are things that someone in the family enjoys doing and they're just thrilled to be doing them. I don't get the feeling that the Roloffs are just being dragged place to place (they're more often at home) and through things just to create TV. I do with the Gosselins every episode lately.

RuthinVA said...

Kristin said...
I think it's great that the show gave some publicity to St. Jude. It is truly a great organization and hopefully the show will encourage others to donate.

On the other hand, I do agree with many of the posts that they could have given money to other similar organizations. For example, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center (where the tups were born) has a pediatric cancer fund called the Four Diamonds Fund that pays for all costs related to fighting the cancer, and provides tons of emotional support to the families and children and also supports research. Although it's great that the kids at St. Jude will be receiving gifts, was it really necessary for them to travel to Memphis? The money that was spent on airfare or gas and the luxury hotel cost could have gone directly to charity and done even more good for truly deserving kids.

___________________________________IMO they could not have given back to Hershey because they had already filmed an episode there. In order to keep the episodes fresh and new they decided St. Jude's. And god knows it had to be filmed, you couldn't just give back 'cause you wanted to, got to keep those ratings up to keep the money coming in.

ash said...

Guys, we were the ones saying we wanted them to give back! How else would we know that they did!

jeremy said...

I loved the speech at the end about the true intentions of this episode. I believed every word of it! :rolleyes:

The episode wasn't that bad....it was kind of good to not see any Hannah favoritism for once.

Snark said...

ashley said...
SB:

Everyone has at least a penny they can give. Imagine if every shopper gave a penny, it would help alot. So yeah I do get mad when people dont give money because everybody has some amount and no amount is too small.
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Ashley, I'm on disabilty and trust me, there's been MANY times I've gone for groceries and literally counted every penny. If I have an extra few cents (Which is NOT often), I will give it. So no, not everyone has at least a penny to give.

That being said, I can't stand Kate but I'm just happy that St. Jude's got the publicity. What they do for children and their families is wonderful.

Jodie said...

I love how Kate ooohs and ahhhs over the hotel and the ducks like she's the first one to step her foot in that place when we've seen Michelle Duggar and her clan at the exact same place on the exact same network. But the hotel made Michelle Duckmaster and seemed annoyed by Kate's kids splashing in the pool!

KitKat said...

Why does it matter if the Gosselins were given the children's toys by KMart or if they bought the gifts? In the end, the gifts brought smiles to children's faces and the show helped bring attention to a truly worthwhile cause.

I thought this was a good episode.

Elaine said...

The fact of the matter is that NO ONE should be made to feel guilty over whether or not they give to charity and how much they choose to give. It's a personal choice and not everyone cares about the same charities. I don't give to St. Judes, but I do support the March of Dimes due to my niece being born 7 weeks early.

Giving is a personal choice and I feel that judging someone for it is not right.

Also I wanted to say that the $1 donation for each family member was one of those donations that they ask for at the checkstand. Safeway is always asking for a dollar for breast cancer or pancreatic cancer. I see no reason to judge them on the amount of cash they gave (considering it was simply an object lesson) when they were AT the checkstand to buy a bunch of toys to donate in the first place.

Amy said...

Why didn't they give the toys to the kids at the hospital where the tups were born? I am sure those kids would have loved getting toys too. I agree, they lost the appeal of the original show.

C J said...

I posted the link earlier for Children's hospitals in Pennsylvania... for some reason the full link didn't show up. I'll try this again.

http://healthguideusa.org/childrens/pennsylvania_childrens_hospitals.htm

IlearnhownottoactfromKate said...

What is up with Kate ALWAYS saying, "They love us, so and so loves us, everyone loves us." She seriously needs to get over herself. (She had to say once again how much Nana Bev LOVES them.)

Oh, and was Nana Bev sitting in the one room the whole time the kids and J and K were wrapping presents? That was kind of weird.

Did anyone hear Kate say something like "pediatric cancer hits close to home.....because I have 8 healthy kids." Ummmm, WHAT?! That would definitely be insulting to a parent who has a child with cancer. I thought she was going to share about a sibling or someone really close to her having cancer at one time.....then it would make way more sense to say that it "hits close to home." She is so incredibly bizarre.

I honestly can't BELIEVE how self-centered that woman is--making sure she told those people that SHE was a nurse (several times), mentioning when HER birthday is, talking about HER hospital stay. She really does have a personality disorder, I am absolutely convinced of it.

Kate is beyond revolting, for sure.

I am glad St. Jude's and the children benefited, regardless of how much I can't stand Kate.

Marry Anne said...

Great show, thank you Gosselins for the great gifts to children in need!

Chrissy said...

Will someone with Tivo please go back and count the number of times they said the word "Desperaux" and how many close-ups we saw of each kid's mouse toy (hey, I thought there were no toys in the hotel - that's why they got to keep the Elmo). If this episode was all about giving, why did it feel to me like one big movie commercial?

Andrea said...

What completely irritated me about this episode was how Kate kept trying to make everything about KATE. "Oh did you know I was in the hospital for 2 months? Yeah I had to be in the hospital for 10 weeks. I'm a nurse! Did you know that? No really I'm a nurse!" I literally screamed at the tv that it is not all about you, Kate!

She is incredibly self-centered, with no idea what these families are going through at St. Jude's. These little kids are suffering from cancer - that's a little different from Kate going through her self-inflicted epic pregnancy!!



On another note, my husband walked into the room while the show was on and immediately said, "What is WRONG with her HAIR?? It looks like she combed it with a turd!"

Sharla said...

OK, the argument over the blog members giving and who has a penny to give or not is closed. It isn't discussing Jon, Kate, the children, or the episode. Please return to Jon and Kate and the episode. Thank you!

Tami said...

Just send the money to St. Jude for gifts-THEIR money, not the show's money! Do it quietly and don't brag again and again what you are doing! That whole show was a commerical for Kmart, Despereaux, etc. Ick. Did anyone catch when she read a couple pages of that huge chapter book and said, "The end" when there were several inches of pages left? They DO have children's books for that movie that are about 10 pages long, Kate! Of course never reading to her kids she would not know that. Mady and Cara were sad again and KON were both sedated. Geez. Wake up people! I want to stick a pin in her hair and deflate it..

Protect8 said...

The Gosselins are a train wreck. This show was embarrassing at best. Kate Gosselin has definitely bought into a notion of celebrity status. How pitiful when she kept her sunglasses on as she dismissed the man who offered her a shopping in K-Mart.

No Kate, you're not Angelina Jolie.

She actually handed a CD to little children and tearfully brought it all back to HERSELF - poor Kate, who was in the hospital for 8 weeks because she chose to have fertility treatments- just like little kids who didn't choose to have cancer. Awful!

The Gosselins are sad people with unhappy children. But it is TLC who is responsible for exploiting these children. Jon and Kate Gosselin just don't seem smart enough to know better.

If you care about the Gosselin kids write the sponsors and complain.

Jess said...

Sharla! We were talking about KON giving or taking. Probably one of the better discussions this blog has seen in quite a bit.

nosheeple said...

Everyone did catch that they gave DVDs of their show to the kids, right? Those poor kids! Now they get to watch spoiled people verbally abusing their kids. Lovely.

gwop2009 said...

I thought it telling that after the "emotion" of seeing so many sick kids, that Kate held her arms out to her kids and NONE held them out to her or ran to her. And when she finally did get to one of the twins, she didn't hug-hug-- she put her hands lightly on her shoulders. I would have hugged my kids for dear life. What a witch!

Christine said...

Is it just me or does Cara seem to be developing a nervous twitch? She blinks her eyes weirdly whenever the camera is on her...

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Sharla,

Thank you for closing that argument. My brain felt like spaghetti.

I think that Kate likes the attention that her hair gets. I just hope that none of her kids want the same hair-do when they get older.

Harriet said...

Jess, it seems most of the OT argument was removed.

nosheeple said...

I have to admit that I've only read one or two comments on this particular subject, but I have to say that it really seems like they're damned if they do and damned if they don't in some of your minds.
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That comment has been said many many times by sheeple here. Yes, you are right, they are. And why is that? For the answer, read through this and the many other threads here. They have damned themselves beyond repair, that is why.

Mayhem said...

It is pretty unfortunate that even when a good deed is done people must come here and try to undo that deed. Where is that right? I was right along with everyone when the purpose was keeping the kids from being filmed so much but now when the sole purpose is to make a great cause look bad? That is the breaking point.

JJ Hardy of the Milwaukee Brewers and his girlfriend from the NBC show Chuck, Yvonne Strahovski sat outside tonight in Wisconsin where temps were below 0 and every television station from Green Bay to Milwaukee to Madison were there to film them ring the Salvation Army bells. They have been PLASTERED over television. Why didn't Hardy and Strahovski just fill the kettles themselves?

Could it be that KON doesn't really say what they donate? Just because they did an episode on St. Jude's doesn't mean they don't donate for other worthy causes. Oh wait that is right...they have a TV show that they use to make money. Right, Right.

This was a GREAT cause tonight. And while I don't agree with most of what KON is about tonight was about something bigger, something more important then them. If even one child will benefit from their show tonight and feel less pain, then the "damage control" was a complete success in my book. How anybody could sit there and not feel for everything on that screen tonight is something I never want to understand. The fact of the matter is that some people have let their hate for KON cloud the importance of the cause of the show tonight, and that my friends is sad and makes me sick.

Mr Peabody said...

It looks like the KONs stayed in the junior suites not the presidential suite.
http://www.peabodymemphis.com/accommodations/

Petunia said...

So glad I gave up watching this infomercial "reality" "documentary" pile o'crap. So the infomercial of the half hour is K-mart, St. Jude's and a disney movie. Whoopie.
And I agree with everyone here that the cost of flying and providing hotel rooms and meals would been better used donating to the hospital and having a local person from K-mart deliver gifts they paid for, I'm sure the employees would have been happy to do it.
And why does everyone keep saying they want J&K to admit that they aren't struggling anymore. When do they say this ?? I have heard them say many times that they have a great life ?? Read the most recent article where she still claims she clips coupons, combines errands, all so forth and so on. And at there most recent church blathers collecting money for braces, weddings and retirement. They will never run out of reasons for suckers to fork over their hard earn money to them for their expenses due to having chosen to have 8 children.
Also, every time Kate said she spent 10 weeks in the hospital I wanted to hit her in the FACE. You were a 28 year old grown woman, not a sick child! No comparison Kate! You don't understand what it's like on them!

Talk about self-centered. How many times did she mention about being in the hospital while on bed rest for her litter? There's a BIG difference about being the the hospital for cancer than there is from being over impregnated. Was she going for sympathy? She wasn't getting it from me, and all I wanted to say was SHUT UP already.
Wow, Kate always has to make every thing about herself and how hard she has it doesn't she. The gall of that witch. She's had a charmed life and yet still wants people to feel sorry for her choices. She chose to carry all 6 fetuses, had medicaid to pay the bills and we are to feel sorry for HER!!! Right, Kate, you suffered just like a child who didn't choose cancer. OMG. Biggest reason I can't stand the woman.

I'mAToysRUsKid said...

Jolene said...

It made me want to vomit listening to Kate talk about how nice it was being able to walk around a store and pick whatever they wanted. First of all, I don't believe that's the first time that had happened. Second, I can't STAND the way she kept skirting around what we all know she was trying to say...that the toys were provided by K-Mart. She knows that's what happened, we know that's what happened, and it's insulting to assume we think the gifts were bought the way the rest of us do our shopping. I honestly don't care that K-Mart provided the toys, but I wish Kate would have the integrity to just SAY that!

12/15/2008 6:26 PM

When I heard her say that comment about how the kids never walked around a store and picked out a gift, I thought about the infamous Toys R Us line yelling episode where the kids picked out gifts for another sibling.

I really think Kate has some sort of selective amnesia. She should sit down with her kids when they are watching their show.

Tami said...

Im not a supporter of KON, but after reading these comments Im pretty perplexed...... Nobody believes they are giving back because they want to and everybody seems angry that they made a show out of it. Yet if they didnt make a show out of it ya'll would say they dont give back and are unappreciative. It seems like no matter what KON does everybody is just focusing on the negative.

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If they treated people well on a regular basis, acted grateful all the time, acted humble and well..basically the opposite of how they actually act, no one would be calling for them to "prove" that they give back. But considering they are greedy, selfish, rude to their fans, etc, no one is really going to believe it's truly giving in the first place. So in that case, they should just be quietly giving back without asking for any kind of recognition.

MidwestMomto3 said...

ThreeFarmers said
...My bet is that J&K had little or nothing to do with setting up this scheme. I think that a bunch of suits at Kmart, St. Jude's, and Figure 8 put the whole thing together...
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Absolutely! And don't forget Gymboree. The kids' entire on-camera wardrobe is now Gymboree. I used to see other brands mixed in, but not anymore. Gymbo also collects money for St. Jude's during the holidays, just like KMart does. This whole show was one big commercial.

Marissa said...

It's so sad that Jon and Kate's reputation is such that they can't even "give back" without being criticized (totally justified in most cases) or without having to actually state that they aren't doing the episode to give themselves a pat on the back. For most people who do charitable work, it's not even a question about their intentions.

When I was watching the Roloffs before Jon and Kate, it was so nice to see them get ready for the holidays and get together with their family. I was struck by the fact that they seem to be doing quite well for themselves without having to turn their show or their family into an infomercial of product placement. If their show must continue (which I'm hoping it won't), I wish it would get back to being about a family instead of being about a commercially endorsed business.

Duck Master said...

Jodie said...

I love how Kate ooohs and ahhhs over the hotel and the ducks like she's the first one to step her foot in that place when we've seen Michelle Duggar and her clan at the exact same place on the exact same network. But the hotel made Michelle Duckmaster and seemed annoyed by Kate's kids splashing in the pool!

12/15/2008 7:30 PM

Anyone can be duckmaster if you pay for that package...maybe Kate didn't want to give out the cash for it.
http://www.peabodymemphis.com/specials_and_packages/#diamond

rjs3000 said...

Well,well!Another informercial for all their sponsers.Unreal.How tacky of TLC to promote a movie and K-mart,when this was supossed to be "giving back" and to such a serious cause.They should be ashamed of themselves!Wow I don't believe I have ever seen Kate read to her children,but she read all of 8 pages with her children.To promote a mouse.This episode would have had much more depth had they just shown the kids picking out the gifts and having the show be all about the children and the families.Maybe hearing them speak about thier expierences and not having to listen to Kate talk about herself the whole time. To top it all off,showing them giving away their book and signing it was so shallow.Who wants to read about poor Kates drama and how "She prepared"for her 6 healthy children,especially when your sick child may not make it.What a joke.

Caro said...

ilearnhownottoactfromkate said something about kate's remark how "pediatric cancer hits close to home" for her. I heard this too, and before I could say anything, my husband goes "why? because you have 8 healthy kids?" I cracked up. I was also annoyed with how many times she mentioned her stay in the hospital. I understand explaining it ONCE but seriously, how many ways did she come up with saying she was in the hospital for 10 weeks? Plus, her stay in the hospital cannot really be compared to a child's fight with cancer.

momof3andlovingit said...

momofmanyboys said...
Giving back should begin at home. Give the kids back their privacy, their dignity, their cousins, friends, aunt, uncles and grandparents. Best get, give respect to each other and apologize to the ones who have been offended. Christmas is the best time to mend fences and an apology goes a long way in bringing a family unit back together. Been there, tried it and it does work. Pray that this is possible before its too late.
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Amen to that!
I didn't watch the episode and don't plan to because from what I've read, it would probably make me sick.
I am glad that Kmart gave the children at St. Jude's gifts and I'm glad that TLC gave St. Jude's publicity. I think it is horrid that the Gosselin family took credit for it.
I agree, that the money spent flying them hither and yon, would have made a hefty donation.
My oldest child spent a month in the NICU at birth and every year since our family (in-laws and such) have chosen not to exchange gifts, but to instead send a check to that hospital. We will never forget what they did for us. One year I took my daughter and we hand delivered the check along with her photo (they add the photos to their wall of "graduates"), but otherwise, the check is just sent with a card and sincere heartfelt thanks. No bells and whistles here. Every time I write that card out my eyes fill up with tears...
I just cannot fathom what goes through the minds of those two con artists. I truly think they need psychological help.

Tami said...

Erin said...
I'm a 3rd grade teacher, and I read The Tale of Despereaux to my class. The tups are too young to appreciate it...there is some tough vocabulary, and the themes are quite complex. I guess I'm just glad to see Kate reading to them. I don't think I've ever seen that before. I'd be even happier if I didn't think she was just reading to them because she was told the show needed to promote the book/movie.

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My 5th grader is reading it now. It was not believable and was so obviously a product placement! She could have gotten the versions that are geared toward young kids. I saw a bunch of them in Barnes and Noble my 3 year old would enjoy. They would not sit there listening to a chapter book and it must have been a nightmare editing it. Could you imagine? I'll bet they really only sat still for a minute at a time and screamed and hit each other the rest.

Shannon said...

Grated, I did not watch the entire episode. There is only so much of John and Kate putting feathers in their own hats that I can bear.

One thing that really caught me off guard was if they were really going to teach the children about giving back, why not do something that the kids could participate in?

Dumping toys on a bed and passing out tape is not helping. And why did they have to do something where the kids were once again shielded away from regular people?

Yes, I'm aware this was for the sick children in the hospital, but there were plenty of other options the show could have done (even for damage control) that the entire family could have participated in.

I still fondly remember doing normal things like going to sing to the eldery people in the nursing home or seeing the true appreciation of people who did not have as much as I did when my family gave them Christmas gifts. I have a strong feeling with all that we know about the Gosselin family that these sorts of things are stuff that these 8 children will never know about. All their parents are teaching them is greed, greed, greed.

What was that CD Kate was passing out? I was also shocked that she kept talking about her 2 1/2 months of insanity at the hospital while she was waiting for her babies. Was it just me or did anyone else think that was just a cruel thing to say? Like she was comparing having her 8 healthy kids to these children fighting for their lives in the hospital? Like most things Kate says, it just looked tacky. Then again, if the world doesn't revolve around Kate, she has to make it that way.

But hey, they got their episode to once again get paid and hopefully do some damage control. Too bad none of it ever seems to work.

ThreeFarmers said...

I couldn't bring myself to watch this episode. Instead, I watched season 20 of Jon & Kate + 8, otherwise known as Intervention.

Hopefully my TiVo caught it so I can write the recap.

Hurling over KON said...

And Hannah smacking Alexis for no apparent reason. B R A T S
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I would not be surprised one bit if KON encouraged her to hit the others. She is the 'leader' and the 'second mom' after all. Disgusting. Someone else said it was nice to see no Hannag favoritism. It would not be Jon and Kate+8 without that! When they were wrapping gifts she had to defend Hannie when another child (Alexis?) was crying over a gift she wanted to help with. "Hannah did pick that out", said Kate.

Also, I don't believe for a minute that the kids rarely go in stores. Well, maybe I do. They normally just have everything sent to them free or Kate picks up her freebies alone. But to me it is not normal for almost 5 year olds and 8 year olds to 'rarely go in a store'. Such a celebrity-like statement.

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