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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.
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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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roddma    

Jessica@ The Duggars are Christian Fundamentalists not LDS. Anyway I stay pretty busy trying to make ends meet with freelance writing so celebs are the least of my worries.

1164 days ago
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roddma    

Lis@ Having babies to out breed Muslims is a poor excuse and off-topic. You are saying not to criticize the Duggars but talk bad about Muslims. And are you gonna take care of all the unwanted children that comes from no-birth control? As long a someone keeps beliefs to themselves I have no problem. However, the goal of IBF and Quiverfull is to enforce this way of life on everyone. yes fine they are helping I would not wish more to be like the Duggars at least not their beliefs.

1164 days ago
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traveling man    

Yes they are a big family. They are not on welfare they are not sucking our system dry. They are helping out when they did not have to help. Their kids are responsible clean cut hard working kids. They are NOT lazy kids..like so many are today. They are NOT gangsters or drug dealers or drop outs.. If you look back in history having a big family was traditional. They are happy they work hard and are responsible. Kudos to them for stopping everything and going to help strangers. Shame on anyone bad mouthing this family.

1164 days ago
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traveling man    

Yes they are a big family. They are not on welfare they are not sucking our system dry. They are helping out when they did not have to help. Their kids are responsible clean cut hard working kids. They are NOT lazy kids..like so many are today. They are NOT gangsters or drug dealers or drop outs.. If you look back in history having a big family was traditional. They are happy they work hard and are responsible. Kudos to them for stopping everything and going to help strangers. Shame on anyone bad mouthing this family.

LET ME ADD ONE MORE COMMENT: While those are sitting on their butts bad mouthing this family ...THEY are helping out strangers. Why don't you go help out and do something to contribute!

1164 days ago
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fran    

K. 1 day ago

Fran - your overall point is true, but let's not put down all Americans, okay? This article is about the Duggars and their relief efforts.

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I was referring to the people on here that are putting down the Duggars mother , and the way they were talking about her...its those type that make Americans look bad to others..I did not mean all Americans.

1164 days ago
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fran    

@ roddma

Fran there are plenty of good hearted souls in this country. they do not feel the need to be patted on the back as a poster mentioned. Forget what you see on programs like "Jersey Shore" and 'My Super Sweet Sixteen" becuase only a small percentage live that way.
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never heard of "My super Sweet Sixteen" and as for the Jersey shore thingy I only know what I read about it on here...I am 68 yrs old , hardly the age to watch any of these shows...I dont doubt there are good souls in the USA, good people ..I was talking in regards to those that sit in front of their comps: and put down those that are actually out there doing something for those in need, and also no need to put down a woman who deceides to have a large family who they support themselves. Its the way these certain people talk about this mother that sickens me..

1164 days ago
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fran    

DP 1 day ago

I'm having a hard time believing that on an article about someone helping out after a disaster, that anyone would consider being derisive towards Michelle Duggar or any of her children. What right do you have to criticize their family for any reason, be it family size, faith, affiliation! How many of you who are criticizing this family loaded up and took off to volunteer as soon as you heard about it? What's more, how many of your children did?

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have done a brilliant job raising their children. Each and every one of them is a credit to them and they should be proud of each and every one of the amazing human beings that they've raised. If more Americans emulated the Duggar family, this country, and this world, would be a much better place.

Keep your snarky comments to yourself and be happy that someone is out there trying to lend a compassionate hand since you're too engrossed in tearing other people down to care.
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fantastic post thank you...I have read many wonderful posts on here ..God bless all those that are suffering , and thank God for people like the Duggars and others who jumped into help.

1164 days ago
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roddma    

" They are NOT lazy kids..like so many are today. They are NOT gangsters or drug dealers or drop outs.. If you look back in history having a big family was traditional. They are happy they work hard and are responsible. Kudos to them for stopping everything and going to help strangers. Shame on anyone bad mouthing this family." At least they are not yet. I have seen kids rebel against strict upbringings. Big families happened becuase of the lack of birth control. What most people complain about is the holier than thou attitude. Some couples are infertile or health conditions prevent them for having more kids.

"LET ME ADD ONE MORE COMMENT: While those are sitting on their butts bad mouthing this family ...THEY are helping out strangers. Why don't you go help out and do something to contribute! " because some of us don't have the resources. I think it is better to just send something instead of being in the way. Helping isn't just a Christian thing to do. it is a human thing to do. Many 'Christians' help out of obligation rather than for goodness. I don't think the Duggars are being bad mouthed personally but their need to get patted on the back. I mean you don't see Oprah being interviewed about her charity work. Fran@ be glad you don't know what those shows are heehee

1164 days ago
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qor    

Wow. Good for them!

1163 days ago
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Pagpalain Po    

Those who are RUDE to good people like the God-loving Duggars, are only demonstrating to the world that their hearts are full of immorality and unkindness, and are so lacking with good, moral values -- good, wise people can see that in them, but rude people like them can't and won't see their own dark hearts and dark minds. Do these rude people support lewdness and violence and then are scared of criminals that lewdness and violence have influenced? If these rude people's lives are a mess, &/or their kids (even though only 1 or 2) are undisciplined, &/or their entire family are parasites to welfare, why do they have the nerve to criticize the Duggar's who are a hard-working, ethical family, with good money management, and humble enough to buy from thrift shops so that they can support themselves comfortably?

The Duggar's may be different being a very large family, but they are a God-worshiping, people-caring, humble, calm, and peaceful individuals -- something NOT many, many people can say of themselves even though they may have only 1 or 2 children.

The world and the media need role models and the Duggar's are truly excellent role models, so let's GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.

1163 days ago
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duggarfan    

I can't believe all of the negative and sick comments that are on here. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. We are talking about this family going and saving other people lives, helping them and everything, not their personal lives and even if we were talking about their personal lives, it shouldn't matter, you should still keep you sickening and negative comments to yourselves. Those of you who did say positive comments, good for you and thank you. I love the Duggars very much and they are an inspiration to me. I think they did a good thing by going to Joplin, MO and helping these people out.

1163 days ago
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Susan    

Josh was quoted "Praise God is wasn't me" after helping in Joplin. What kind of compassion is this? You get a film crew to show your family "helping" and you say this. Grow up and see life for what it really is. Joplin families have lost everything, including family members and this is all you can say...how about using your money to rebuild homes and lives.

1160 days ago
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ElvisCat59    

Well, good for them! At least they are doing something to help. For those of you degrading them or making your sarcastic comments, grow up! Stop attacking them because they have many children..so what? They're not living on public aid, so why is it your business? If you ever watch the show, you will see these 19 kids are some of the most polite, well behaved and intelligent children I have ever seen..
And stop being crude posting comments about the Mom's private parts? Is that the best you can do? grow up once again.....

1159 days ago
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Mari    

This family is so inspirational!! I absolutely love thier way of life!! And it's so awesome that in every area of their life they do all they can to please and glorify God!! We all need those special encouragers to keep us on the right track and inspire us. I pray, if God permits of course:), to see them on tv soon!! I look forward to watching the program with my family and using this family as a wonderful example and to open conversation with my children about God's true intentions for us and discussion of scripture! Keep it up Dugger's!! Our prayers are with you!!

1158 days ago
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kayla    

To all the people who say obama waited too long to go to joplin- he didnt wait as long as Bush did during Katrina.

And oh yea- f*ck the Duggars. They are nasty, the wife is just a sperm dumpster, and theres no way they can give all of their kids the individual attention that kids tend to need.

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