For some people, supporting a charity or a good cause can be incredibly important. Jeremy Roloff can certainly attest to that, as he set a fundraising goal for one particular organization. However, when he reached the target, the former Little People, Big World star did something quite drastic in January 2019.
Reality television remains a very divisive form of entertainment, with just as many people loving it as those who don’t. Despite that, though, there have been times when it appeared that the format had run out of ideas. So on that note, the TLC network came up with an intriguing concept, unveiling the results in 2006.
Indeed, Little People, Big World debuted on TLC in March that year, detailing the lives of a family. The show follows the daily activities of Matt and Amy Roloff, as well as their four children Jeremy, Zach, Jacob and Molly. However, they are a family with a difference: the parents and Zach all have dwarfism.
While Little People, Big World provided an in-depth look into how a little person goes about their day, the reality show did have a plot of sorts. Matt plied his trade as a businessman, working with several companies based in Silicon Valley, California. However, his life changed forever after he lost his job.
Matt then sensed an opportunity to chase down one of his dreams. Taking advantage of the experience he had gained in his previous position, the father decided to start a business of his own. As a result of that, he recruited the services of his wife Amy, who at that time had been looking after their children at home.
With all the pieces in place, Matt and Amy opened up Roloff Farms, their new family business. Based in Oregon, the property spans more than 30 acres of land. On that note, the show follows the Roloffs as they run the farm and go about their daily routines, capturing the hardships that sometimes come with that.
Little People, Big World was an instant success on TLC, with the program still going strong after more than a decade on the air. Indeed, the reality show celebrated its 13th season in 2018, reaching more 300 episodes at that point. Along the way, though, there have been some significant changes.
One of the most notable moments came during season ten, with Matt and Amy divorcing in 2016. Apart from that, the Roloff family only grew in size throughout the years, with Jeremy marrying his partner Audrey Mirabella Botti in the autumn of 2014. His brother Zach followed suit some 12 months later, tying the knot with Victoria Elizabeth Patton.
Things continued to get better for the Roloffs in 2017, with Jeremy and Zach both becoming parents. The former had a baby girl named Ember Jean that September, while the latter’s son Jackson Kyle was born in May. However, the family’s whirlwind year didn’t end there, as Molly also celebrated a big moment of her own.
Molly and Joel Silvius got married in August 2017, sandwiched between her brothers’ introduction to parenthood. The ceremony was held at the family farm in Oregon, away from the bride’s new home in Spokane, Washington. A few days after the wedding, Amy then shared an image of her daughter on Instagram, accompanied by a heartwarming message.
“[Molly] not only radiates beauty within but outside as well!” Amy wrote on the social media website in August 2017. “Beautiful bride. Molly girl, I love you so much. My little girl grew up and is now beginning a wonderful life [with] her husband Joel. I’m so so happy for you.”
On that note, Amy ended her heartfelt post with some more kind words about her daughter. “I’m beyond words,” the Little People, Big World star added. “[I’m] so blessed to be your mom. Love forever and always. It was a beautiful day filled [with] love, hope, joy [and] faith.”
While the Roloffs have had much to celebrate in recent times, Matt and Amy’s children have slowly moved away from Little People, Big World. Molly’s appearances on the show started to become more sporadic after she got a job in Spokane in September 2016. As for her brother Jacob, he departed the program some time before that.
Unlike Molly, Jacob provided a detailed explanation as to why he left Little People, Big World, claiming that the film crew had an “agenda.” In addition to that, Matt and Amy’s youngest child also questioned the authenticity of the show. With that in mind, he shared a photo from behind the scenes on Instagram.
“All in all I appreciate people wanting me to ‘be with the family’ for a few more episodes,” Jacob wrote on the social media website in July 2016. “But the family that is filmed is not my family. They are the Roloff characters, and I have scarcely anything in common with them, nor do I want to be a character myself.”
Despite Jacob and Molly’s absence, though, Little People, Big World continued with Matt, Amy and their two oldest sons. However, that soon changed in July 2018, as another Roloff announced their departure from the show at the end of season 13. In a similar fashion to his younger brother, Jeremy explained his decision on social media.
“A year ago I made the decision that this season would be [my family’s] last,” Jeremy wrote on Instagram. “It has been an amazing run, and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you.”
On that note, Jeremy looked to clarify something to the fans of Little People, Big World. “This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically,” he continued. “The show must go on! That being said, we’re not disappearing. We have a lot of exciting stuff in the works and are eager to continue the work that the Lord has called us to!”
With that in mind, Jeremy and Audrey have branched out in some interesting directions since leaving the show. Before their departure, the couple had already created their own blog in 2014, known as “Beating 50 Percent.” Together, they used the website to spread the word about covenant marriages.
Unlike a traditional marriage, a covenant union requires the couple in question to undergo premarital counselling ahead of the big day. In addition to that, it’s also tougher for people to get divorced. Alongside the blog, Jeremy and Audrey released a journal as well in January 2017, titled Navigator’s Council.
Away from the blog, Jeremy and Audrey started a podcast together in the winter of 2018, titled Behind The Scenes. The show has covered plenty of topics in that time, including a more detailed explanation for their Little People, Big World departure. However, the couple’s exploits didn’t end there.
After the release of Navigator’s Council, Jeremy and Audrey wrote their first book, which they called A Love Letter Life. The publication is due to be released in April 2019, with the pair adorning the cover together. Outside of that, though, the former reality TV star also looked to raise awareness about another issue.
Indeed, Jeremy started a fundraising page on the charity: water website in 2018, targeting a total of $15,000. This is a non-profit charity that provides clean water to developing countries across the world. To encourage donations to the cause, he made an interesting proposal that put his long curly hair on the line.
“The time has come – I think Ember wants to see what dad looks like without long hair!” Jeremy wrote on the charity: water website. “However, I couldn’t help but notice that a few (supposedly many) of you would prefer I cut it as well. So I thought I’d see how many of you will put your money where your mouth is.”
“So here I am, giving you an opportunity to settle the debate once and for all,” Jeremy continued. “If we reach our [$15,000] goal, I’ll shave it, if not, I’m keeping this head of hair and rockin it through winter.” At that point, he then spoke about why people should donate their money to this particular charity.
Indeed, Jeremy noted the important work that the organization was doing for the world’s developing countries. “I urge you – if you only give to things like this once a year, let this be it,” he wrote. “Join me, join me and my silly hair to help charity: water bring clean water to the globe – because they are well on their way!”
From there, Jeremy touched upon something that most people take for granted each day. “Many of us have no idea what it’s like to be thirsty,” he continued. “We have plenty of water to drink – even the water in our toilets is clean! But many people around the world don’t have that luxury.”
“Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation,” Jeremy added. “I couldn’t imagine a life without clean water, and others shouldn’t be able to either. Let’s be the good we want to see. Let’s be the change we wish to read about.”
After sharing those powerful words on the website, Jeremy went on to explain what the donated money would be spent on by the organization. Not only that, but the former reality TV star also lifted the lid on how charity: water would share the results with the donors.
Jeremy wrote, “100 percent of the money will be used to build clean water projects. And when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped. I’ll share the images on my [Instagram] stories.” After that, he made another sobering point.
Indeed, when talking about the desired $15,000 total, Jeremy couldn’t help but look at the number of fans he has on social media. “There is 1.5 million of you who follow [Audrey] and me on Instagram alone,” he wrote on the website. “If one percent of you only gave $1.00 we would reach our goal.”
“Think about that for a moment,” Jeremy added. “If one percent of us gave a dollar we could bring a basic need – water – to those that are without. So let’s do it! And it’s actually less than that because I’m kicking this thing off with $1,000 of my own!”
Off the back of that post, Jeremy’s target was eventually reached on the charity: water website. By the end of December 2018, more than $15,000 had flooded in for the cause. As a result of that, the former Little People, Big World star had a promise to keep to the donors.
Jeremy’s long-awaited haircut was captured in a video, which he subsequently shared on Instagram. After posting the short clip, the dad then wrote a message on the social media website, touching upon his feelings after the trim. In addition to that, he also revealed how many people would benefit from the donation.
“Well, it happened,” Jeremy wrote on Instagram in January 2019. “And I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s bittersweet. I’ve been growing my hair since September 2014. But I needed a change, and it’s for a good cause.” From there, he made the big announcement regarding the charity’s work.
“Speaking of change,” Jeremy continued. “Because of you who decided to give, we will be changing the lives of over 500 folks who currently don’t have access to clean drinking water. So thank you! We raised just over 15k for charity: water, and with their 1:1 model, every dollar will go toward water projects. Nice work you guys!”
Jeremy’s post garnered plenty of attention on social media, as online users flocked to give their opinion on his new look and the reasons behind it. The video earned more than 500,000 views on Instagram, while also generating more than 2,500 comments, most of which praised his actions.
“You’re handsome either way,” wrote one Instagram user in the comments section. “I liked it long better, but [it’s] so amazing you did it for a great cause. God Bless you and yours.” A fellow user, who also praised Jeremy’s efforts for the charity: water organization, shared those sentiments.
“Went from cute to handsome,” the social media user wrote. “But your heart is most beautiful of all by using the occasion to help others.” Meanwhile, another user couldn’t help but agree, adding, “Love the long locks, but [you’re] just as handsome without them. And what a great reason to do it.”
While Jeremy and Audrey’s book is set to come out in the spring, Little People, Big World could be back around the same time. Indeed, Zach’s wife revealed that season 14 of the popular reality show would hit TV screens during that period. However, TLC still hasn’t given a solid date for its return yet.