By Holly Rasmussen
Our favorite fundie family, the Duggars, seems to be making a cash grab once again. Duggar daughter Jessa Seewald, the one with a bun in her oven, recently made a not-so-subtle plea for gift cards from fans during an interview for the Duggar Family Blog. After Jessa asked fans to send her gift cards for her little bundle of joy, readers started calling her out for being a grifter, eventually forcing her to delete the post.
The post was supposed to be about Jessa’s husband Ben and his “career” (we’ll get to that in a minute) but Jessa couldn’t pass up an opportunity to beg for gift cards from specific stores. Hey, baby denim skirts don’t buy themselves!
“For readers who have asked about sending gift cards to the Seewalds, Jessa told us that her favorite stores are Target and Walmart,” the post read. There was also a post office box address posted for fans who wanted to send gifts or cold-hard cash! This did not set well with many fans, who commented under the blog post on Facebook.
“Love the family but I don’t think it’s right to give an address for gifts and gift cards,” one user wrote. “I may be wrong but TLC and their personal appearances prob pay them well…donate to a charity in their name.”
“I am shocked to read that Jessa is requesting gift cards to Target and Walmart and gives a mailing address for them,” another wrote. “Her daddy has over $5 million and I thought they shop at thrift stores? Or was that just for the cameras? Daddy has taught them well to use their fame to get money.”
This gift card grab comes just weeks after Jessa’s cousin, Amy Duggar asked fans to send her gift cards and gifts for her recent wedding to Dillon King. Jessa’s sister Jill Dillard and her husband Derick also recently got into hot water with fans when they were accused of misusing funds that were donated by fans for the couple’s ministry.
Jessa eventually took down the paragraph that requested gifts, but left up the text about her husband Ben’s career. According to Jessa, Ben is “taking a break” before looking into seminary school.
Taking a break from what, exactly? Ben is apparently working with Jessa’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, in his real estate business, but was originally hired to do lawn work and odd jobs around the Duggar compound. Jessa added that she also helps with the real estate business. Jim Bob buys the fixer-uppers and 19 pairs of hands get to work fixing them up.
With Ben somewhat unemployed, fans were also concerned about the unborn baby’s health care.
“Since Ben isn’t involved in traditional employment at this time, what kind of medical insurance do these two have?” one fan wrote. “How will they pay for this [baby]? One would think that with a child about to be born, a father would be concentrating MORE on income and it’s financial future, not taking a break from education and working a non-traditional job.”
Jessa is currently 34 weeks pregnant with her first child.