Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, Josh, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Juston, Jackson, Johanna, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie, all have a roof over their heads.

The same can’t be said for thousands of residents of Joplin, Mo., who were fortunate enough to survive the devastating tornado that pulverized much of the town of 49,000.

So when word spread that a monster tornado had just hit Joplin, several members of Duggar clan sprang into action to help.

“We heard about the tornado from some friends of ours in that direction,” eldest son Josh Duggar told msnbc.com by telephone Thursday. “They called us and said, ‘Hey, a tornado just touched down.'”

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