It may be a no-kid zone, but one strip club is hoping to make Christmas wishes come true for children in need.
The Platinum Cabaret, a gentleman’s club in Fayetteville, Ark., is enticing customers to give back this season by offering free lap dances in exchange for donations to Toys for Tots, KHBS reports. While the initiative, dubbed "Toys for Tatas,” might be a bit unconventional for a charity started by Marines that benefits underprivileged kids, the nonprofit doesn’t have any objections.
“As long as it’s done in a legal manner, as long as people are bringing us new, unwrapped toys, we don’t get into how they were gathered and what the process was,” John Staples, coordinator for Toys for Tots, told KHBS.
But another Toys for Tots chapter wasn’t quite as forgiving when locals in Alabama added an X-rated spin to the donation process.
Through Dec. 3, Pleasures -- an adult toy store in Huntsville –- is offering any customer who brings in a gift for Toys for Tots their choice of a complimentary sex toy, ranging from lube to blindfolds to vibrating bullets. The store will also donate $1 to the Save the Ta-Tas, an organization that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer.
While Pleasures may have good intentions, the children's charity wasn't a fan of the program.
"Toys for Tots should not be advertised at an adult store," Ret. Major Brian A. Murray, vice president of operations for the foundation, said in an email to The Huffington Post.
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