‘Counting On’: There Might Be a Big Problem with the Duggar Family’s Disaster Relief Company

Several of the Duggar family members, along with several of the Bates boys were on hand in the Bahamas earlier in the month. The islands were battered by Hurricane Dorian, leaving residents stranded without food, electricity or running water in some cases. Arriving after the hurricane blew through the island chain, they flew in to help with relief efforts. Stories from volunteers on the scene suggest the Duggar kids were far from helpful, and their recollection of events has called into question the legitimacy of MEDIC Corps, the Duggar family’s disaster relief business.

MEDIC Corps allegedly didn’t help much in the Bahamas

When non-government organizations enter a disaster zone, their goal is to help the locals and to aide government agencies with relief efforts. That, apparently, didn’t happen when the Duggar family showed up on the scene. Instead, it’s alleged they actively thwarted efforts to bring relief to the people of the Bahamas.

According to Starcasm, another relief worker has claimed the Duggar boys and their friends commandeered supplies and thwarted efforts being made by other non-government organizations. In fact, it seems like the Duggar boys and their friends did little to bring relief to the ravaged islands.

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Storm chaser and cinematographer, James Lea took to Facebook to share his encounter with the Duggar family on an article shared by a reporter. He was in the Bahamas at the same time as the Duggars, working with a different relief company. In his comments, he claims the men who were on the scene not only commandeered materials but acted in an insensitive manner. Lea replied to the story multiple times, although it doesn’t appear the reporter who shared the story nor MEDIC Corps has responded.

Fans have taken issue with the company’s “about us” page

Aside from the debacle that was allegedly the family’s trip to the Bahamas, fans of Counting On have taken issue with some of the loftier claims the Duggar family representatives have made about MEDIC Corps. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the family’s representation replied to an email asking for further information about the company.

The inquiry was responded to by Chad Gallagher. Gallagher who works for Legacy Consulting, the company that represents the Duggar family, alleges that MEDIC Corps has run multiple relief trips throughout the world. Gallagher noted that the family has been involved in relief efforts in the Phillippines as well as the Bahamas recently. The family has also taken credit for relief efforts in Peurto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.

There is one problem with the claims, however. The business was only registered with the state at the tail-end of 2018, more than a year after Hurricane Maria rolled through Peurto Rico. The issues don’t end there, though. The company’s website claims to have a large team of trained first responders, including physicians. The photos shared on social media seem to rarely include anyone other than members of the Duggar family and the Bates family, though. None of the men in the family are physicians.

Donations may not be going where fans think  

MEDIC Corps is not yet considered a charity, although their status is currently pending. That hasn’t stopped the family from asking for donations for their relief efforts. According to the website, supporters are welcome to donate cash to the cause, but other volunteers note that money is not something that was requested by the Bahamian government. In fact, a lengthy list of needs was provided to relief workers, and money never appeared on that list.

Aerial view of Marsh Harbor after Hurricane Dorian passed through on September 5, 2019 in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Aerial view of Marsh Harbor in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas | Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

The Duggar family’s company, allegedly, requested cash donations so they could buy fuel needed to complete their mission, but Lea, who was on the ground at the time, suggested the family had commandeered fuel, meaning they never paid for it. Lea is calling into question what was actually done with the money donated by supporters in the United States. Once again, the Duggar family nor MEDIC Corp representatives have responded to the inquiry.