Strip club holds ‘Toys for Tatas’ event for Toys for Tots


The Toys For Tots campaign run by the Marine Corps Reserve has been an existence since 1947, and is substantial enough that First Lady Michelle Obama raised awareness about its mission by visiting an organization service project Tuesday at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

Not all efforts to raise money for Toys for Tots are as straightforward, though.

An Arkansas strip club known as Platinum Cabaret is holding a “Toys for Tatas” event this month in which patrons who donate a toy are offered two-for-one lap dances.

The effort was first reported by KHBS TV-5, a local news station in Arkansas. It’s making its way around the web today, with major outlets like the Huffington Post also reporting the effort.

A Toys for Tots coordinator told the TV station that as long as toys are collected in a legal manner, “we don’t get into how they were gathered or what the process was.”

Toys for Tots hasn’t always held that point of view in the past, however.

As Marine Corps Times reported in 2010, the organization declined to accept money collected by Terminal Lance cartoonist Maximilian Uriarte. The organization was hesitant to make the cartoon an official sponsor in part because of its risqué content.

“Many who donate to us are in older demographic groups,” Grein told Marine Corps Times at the time. “We have to be concerned about how they are going to interpret some of our sponsors.”

Uriarte, a Marine veteran, has since signed a deal with Marine Corps Times to have strips published in the newspaper each week.

In the Toys for Tatas case, things appear to be less complicated because the donations are actual toys, rather than online monetary contributions. Still, it’s an interesting contradiction.


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  1. Wow…they have no problem collecting from a titty bar but refuse a Marine Corps veteran who honorably served and has a deal with the Marine Corps Times…..(Not that I have a problem with either)

  2. We are currently doing this at our gentleman’s club in Key West, called Shady Nasty’s. ALL veterans get in free of charge and receive 50% off our all-you-can-eat buffet.

    Starting December 15th, bring a toy for Toys for Tots and get a free lap dance, and a voucher for a free buffet meal.

    Remember, it’s Shady Nasty’s- Key West’s hottest gentleman’s club and all-you-can-eat buffet, where veterans ALWAYS get in free. Thank you for your service and please check us out on Facebook-

  3. As long as the method of actually handing over the toys is tasteful and whoever donates money doesn’t use it as an opportunity to make a moral, religious or political statement take the toys. A poor kid who gets the toy isnt going to ask if its from a church lady, a lap dancer, a cop, or a Hell’s Angel.

  4. They also refused the donation from the Haji Girl guy. Toys for tots used to be something that Marines did for kids, and now strippers are getting preferential treatment? I admire what the young ladies are doing for such a noble cause, But I think the runners of toys for tots needs to be replaced, and/or address their former short commings. especially in regards to honorable Vets who are attempting to donate.

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