There are two schools of thought on the idea of making distribution from the LLC. The first is that a legitimate business takes profits and distributes them to the owners of the business. It may not do this every year or every other year, but on a fairly regular basis when a profit is realized from the business. The second is that pulling money out of the LLC has the effect of decompressing the value of the money, i.e. $100 outside the LLC is worth $100, $100 inside the LLC is only worth $70 and constantly pulling out money for personal costs makes the LLC look less legitimate. If the LLC creators are not in immediate need of a large distribution of money, the former view tends to work better since the IRS may feel that legitimate businesses distribute profits, if there are any. Using this technique, the LLC can make distributions to all members each year to provide them with additional income.
In some situations, if the LLC creators are in need of money, the best course might be to take a large distribution out of the LLC in order to replenish their disposable funds (rather than here and there) and then, with a trimmed down LLC, make a significant gift of membership interest to their beneficiaries.