Duggar Hurricane Relief Efforts: Did They Do More Harm Than Good?

While the United States was spared the brunt of Hurricane Dorian’s impact after a close call, the storm brought utter devastation to the Bahamas, which may never fully recover from the impact.

As a result, many who were loaded up and ready to assist in the clean-up efforts in Florida (or Alabama, if you went by President Donald John Trump’s forecast), decided to set out for the Bahamas instead.

Among those who made the trip were several members of the Duggar family, the controversial TLC reality stars turned humanitarians.

And while assisting with hurricane relief efforts is generally a rather admirable pursuit, just about every project the Duggars undertake is motivated by their endless pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Now, an investigation by some of their critics say their Bahamas trip was no different – and they may have done more harm than good during their time in the ravaged nation.

Take a look:

1. The Team

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Jason, James, John David, and Jana Duggar all made the trip, along with their brother-in-law Austin Forsyth. As you can see, the oft-maligned Jana Duggar didn’t make the cut for the group photo.

2. Odd Woman Out

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Many fans were upset that the Duggars seemed to be downplaying the contributions of the only female volunteer – especially since this particular female seems to spend all her time supporting her family members while getting none of the attention or credit. But those Jana-related complaints soon gave way to even more troubling concerns.

3. Keeping Mum

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Typically, something like volunteering as part of a hurricane relief effort is something that the Duggars would go on crowing about for months – admirable, and positive PR for a family that needs it.

4. All Is Not Well

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But if you follow them on social media, you’ve likely noticed that they’re strangely quiet aboug their time in the Bahamas. It’s like they were never there. Why is this, you ask?

5. Austin Comes Home

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Joy-Anna Duggar posted this picture to celebrate Austin’s return just a few days after he left for the Bahamas, and as far as we can tell, the trip was never mentioned again by her or anyone else.

6. Helping or Hurting?

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The reason for this unexpected silence is not that the Duggars decided, for once, to be humble about their “humanitarian” efforts. Rather, the lack of discussion about it appears to be prompted by the fact that, by all accounts, their time in the Bahamas was a disaster.

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Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth: Was Their Marriage Arranged By Jim Bob?

It’s been over two years since Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth married in the sort of lavish, massively-attended ceremony for which their family has become known.

And it seems as though the young couple has been enjoying a life of quiet domestic bliss ever since.

Though Joy recently suffered a miscarriage, insiders say Austin has been a tremendous source of support.

The 25-year-old is making a way for himself in one of the few career fields Jim Bob approves of (real estate).

But there’s reason to believe that when they first met, Joy and Austin were not so thrilled with the idea of exchanging vows.

In fact, many fans believe that Joy was forced to marry Austin by heir overbearing fathers.

Here’s everything we know about the situation – and Austin’s surprisingly controversial father – so far:

1. The Not-So-Happy Couple?

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Joy and Austin’s wedding looked just like every other Duggar ceremony. But one major difference may have been the fact that the couple wasn’t at the altar by choice,

2. The Duggars’ Version

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The “official” account of Joy and Austin’s courtship is more than a little creepy, but it’s one the Duggars have been repeating for years.

3. Do the Math

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According to that version, Joy and Austin met through the church (of course), and there was an instant attraction between them … despite the fact that Austin was four years Joy’s senior.

4. Yikes

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Not a big deal now that they’re adults, but considering Joy and Austin grew up attending the same church, they were probably pretty young the first time they laid eyes on one another.

5. The Wait Is Over

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Thankfully, Joy and Austin held off on starting a romantic relationship until after she turned 18. But that doesn’t mean they were able to avoid controversy.

6. Or Is It?

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As you probably know, the Duggars have strict rules governing romantic relationships. The most famous of which is that virtually all forms of physical contact among non-married couples are prohibited.

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Joy-Anna Duggar: Did She REALLY Skip Her Son’s Birthday?!

From the moment Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth, the relationship has been mired in controversy.

In fact, the scandalous scrutiny began well before the wedding, as it was widely rumored that Joy-Anna had gotten pregnant prior to tying the knot — a major no-no under the Duggars’ ultra-conservative belief system.

The controversy has only continued in the years since Joy and Austin tied the knot.

Based on Joy’s social media posts, fans have alleged that she and Austin are living in a trailer despite the fact that they’re now raising a child and hoping to welcome a second soon.

They argue that she and Austin are both too young (Joy was just 19 when she welcomed baby Gideon.) and immature and financially unstable for the burdens of parenthood.

And Joy’s latest Instagram activity has given the haters plenty of fodder.

Over the weekend, she posted the above pic of herself with Austin on the couple’s joint account.

“Getting to spend the weekend with my favorite person! Just the two of us!” she captioned the pic, adding:

“(Austin’s parents are watching Gideon for us!) #refreshingtime #dateyourspouse #weekendgetaway #livingunitedcouplesretreat @livingunitedcouples”

Seems innocent enough, right?

Well, as many fans were quick to point out, Gideon’s first birthday was on Saturday, February 23.

If Joy and Austin were preparing to spend the weekend together on Friday, then it stands to reason they would miss their little guy’s big day.

Fans generally don’t allow the Duggars much leeway on this sort of thing, so it’s not surprising that they roasted Joy for being absent for her son;’s birthday.

Fortunately, Joy’s sister Jessa was quick to clap back at the haters on her behalf:

“All these people acting like you wouldn’t remember it’s the one-year anniversary of the most physically exhausting and simultaneously most joyous day of your life. Really??â€� Jessa wrote.

“Girl, I know y’all are heading back to celebrate Gideon’s bday, but seriously, even if you did stay away one more day it’s not like he’d know you were celebrating late,� she continued. 

Yes, it seems Joy and Austin were back in plenty of time to celebrate Gideon’s birthday.

(So that must have been one seriously short weekend getaway.)

Joy was quick to clear the air with a comment of her own, writing:

“FYI … we’ve gotten to spend a couple of days away and will be able to celebrate Gideon’s first birthday with him when we get home this evening.”

So there you have it — now you can get back to roasting thew Forsyths for the fact that they might still live in a trailer park. Priorities, people!