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Duggar Family Delivers Relief to Tornado Disaster

5/24/2011 3:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The family from the TLC reality show "19 Kids & Counting" sprang into action just hours after that deadly tornado ripped through Missouri -- packing up supplies and driving through the night to join the rescue effort ... TMZ has learned.

Josh Duggar -- the eldest Duggar child -- tells TMZ the fam spent Sunday night and all day Monday delivering supplies and clearing massive piles of debris to search for survivors in Joplin, MO.

Josh says he and 5 siblings -- John, Jana, Jill, Jessa, Joseph and Dad, Jim Bob -- decided to load up a 3 car caravan late Sunday night when they heard about the disaster in Joplin ... just one hour from their home in Arkansas.

Four of the Duggars are volunteer firefighters ... and Josh says rescue officials immediately put the family's considerable manpower to work -- assigning them to search around the devastated town for any activity -- and hand out supplies at command posts.

Josh tells us the survivors he met were most interested in recovering memories ... saying, "People in Joplin aren't looking for stuff, they're looking for their lives."


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Good job and good luck!

1248 days ago


I just don't get how a woman can have so many children. It kind of makes me ill....I don't mean to offend anyone who thinks this is "ok"

1248 days ago


well put: not looking for 'stuff', but looking for their lives.

1248 days ago

Yeah, I said it.    

Is Michelle knocked up yet?

1248 days ago

frankies mom    

That's awesome!

1248 days ago

bring back recent posts    

...they really are a amazing family, I really enjoy their show..and not surprised at all they sprung into action...that poor town needs every bit of help they can get...peeps must still b trapped..I am praying for them allllllllll...may you be found!

1248 days ago


See they came in handy,I wonder how is their mom's va***na.

1248 days ago


just think if everone was as selfish as they are and had this many kids .everyone on this planet would be packed in so tight we would not be able to move.

1248 days ago


wonderful family...God Bless all of those hit by that horrible disaster...

1248 days ago


For the people that are complaining about the number of children this family has I've got 1 question for you. Do you have to support these people. Let me answer that for you ! No you don't these people are not on welfare. These people are not on food stamps. They support their own children and it is their right to have as many children as the feel the need. These people pulled their family together to help people in need. God Bless them.

1248 days ago


It's a vagina,not a clown car.

1248 days ago


and yet while some of you are putting this family down, and being very rude towards their mother ...they are out helping the people who are suffering ...while you sit and be rude and nasty for no reason, other than to prove what most think of you Americans to be true

1248 days ago


I love this family. They are wholesome, really care about each other and love to help out others. If anyone deserves TLC's money, it's the Duggars. My only negative is I wish Michelle would stop having anymore babies.

The last child, Josie, was sickly when born and that may be a sign that her body has had enough delivering children.

1248 days ago


No praise at all for them...they did it for the photo op/sound bite.

1248 days ago


Love reading news like this. The Duggars have strong Christian beliefs and live them every day.

Uhh Moondust, the Duggars are not milking off the government tit so it's really none of our business how many children they have.

May God bless and comfort those who lost loved ones.

Thank you Duggars!

1248 days ago
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