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Kim Kardashian, 32, and Kanye West, 35, are being lauded by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago after requesting donations for the facility instead of gifts for their first child.
Kardashian, the reality television star, and her Chicago-bred rapper boyfriend West reportedly refused baby gifts from friends. The pair did not register for any baby gifts in order to encourage others to donate to the Chicago children's hospital, according to Us Weekly reports.
Although Kardashian has yet to speak about the charitable act, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago released a statement about the donation from the famed celebrity couple.
"Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for their thoughtfulness and support of the hospital," a representative from the hospital told TMZ. "Funds donated on behalf of Kardashian and West will be directed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Fund which will help care for the most critically ill babies and their families. We wish them all the best in the upcoming arrival of their baby."
This is not the first time the reality television star has participated in charitable acts. Earlier this year, Kardashian worked to sell some items on eBay that she donated to Life Change Community Church.
The reality television star also left a message on her eBay store website to let other people know that they could follow in her footsteps and donate proceeds from their individual eBay stores to charity.
"A percentage of the proceeds from this and all my auctions always benefits charity. A portion of the sale from these auctions support Life Change Community Church," she wrote on the Kim's Closet Clothing Store eBay website. "And in case you didn't know, anytime you sell something on eBay, you can donate a percentage of your proceeds to charity. Learn more at eBay Giving Works."