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JJ Watt Making an IMPACT in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

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J.J. Watt started an online fundraiser Sunday to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey with a modest goal of $200,000. On Thursday, after an outpouring of support, the amount donated had surpassed $10 million.

You can donate by clicking this link: Houston Flood Relief Fund

Watt tweeted to mark the milestone, thanking those who donated for their generosity. He also said he will leave the fund open and see how high the total raised can go.

The Houston Texans defensive end said on Wednesday night that he had already begun to use the money to help those affected in flood-ravaged Houston.

“We’re filling the semi trucks as we speak. Many people have donated their trucks, their time, donated food, water, clothing, generators, things like that,” Watt said. “We’re going to get those trucks down here by this weekend. … The tentative plan is Sunday we’re going to have a bunch of my teammates help me out in a few different locations around town to be determined, and we’re going to hand out those supplies.

“We’re basically trying to find (a) the safest areas we can get to — obviously we don’t want to put anybody in danger — but then (b) the areas that need it the absolute most. So, we’re going to try and set up — literally, it’s going to be open up the back of a semi truck and start handing out water, start handing out clothes.”

Texans coach Bill O’Brien is hoping that, by playing the opener at home on Sept. 10 as scheduled, it helps the city to “get back on their feet quickly.”

Watt made an initial $100,000 donation on Sunday when he started the relief effort. He has been steadily raising the stated goal as donations have surpassed it. The fund has received $1 million donations from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk and Ellen DeGeneres, who partnered with Walmart on her gift.

Others in the NFL also are raising money to help those in need in Houston. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced Thursday that he will match each fan donation to the American Red Cross up to $1 million. The Minnesota Vikings and the team’s owners, the Wilf family, said Thursday they are donating $300,000 to relief efforts.

Texans owner Bob McNair announced earlier this week that he was donating $1 million, an amount that will be matched by the NFL Foundation. The Kraft family, which owns the New England Patriots, and the Johnson family, owners of the New York Jets, also announced $1 million donations this week.

The Texans returned to Houston on Wednesday after a safe route was found for the team to travel from Arlington, Texas, where players and personnel had been since Sunday because of the storm.

To read the original story, click here: JJ Watt’s Fundraiser for Houston passes $10M in donations

 

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