He’s certainly no Colin Kaepernick, that’s for sure! J.J. Watt has turned into a fundraising powerhouse for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Watt is a defensive end for the NFL Houston Texans. He’s putting his money where is mouth is and making a difference!
After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Watt set up a fundraising page on Sunday with an initial goal of hitting $500,000. You might say he has broken the Wattage on that!
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By Wednesday evening, the page had almost $7 million, and that number had gone up approximately $100,000 from the time I first opened the page to when I refreshed it for an accurate number — about 12 minutes. So many people are trying to donate that the website was having difficulty dealing with the traffic.
.@JJWatt’s page is so overwhelmed with people donating, the organization CEO says the site is having technical difficulties. At nearly $4M.
Hopefully, at this point the issue is resolved.
Watt is elated by the incredible generosity taking place all around the country.
“I think that it’s been an unbelievable display of what can happen when people come together,” Watt said according to the Houston Chronicle.
“Just to see how many people are sharing it, to see how many people are donating. Whether it’s $5, whether it’s $500, whatever it may be, to see so many people’s support, to see so many people send the message, spread the message, it’s incredible,” he continued.
“And I think that’s what Houston’s all about. It’s a very diverse city. It’s a very resilient city. It’s been through things like this before – maybe not of this magnitude, but it’s been through these types of situations.”
What was started as a generous, but moderately sized fundraiser for a good cause has become a sensation.
On Thursday afternoon, Watt announced the drive has raised more than $12 million in donations.
“We started out on Sunday with a goal of raising $200,000. Just now, we’ve surpassed the $10 million mark. I’m going to leave the link open and see how much get it,” Watt said.
“I can’t say thank you enough — celebrities musicians, athletes, kids with their lemonade stands, people hosting fundraisers, business donating — I cannot thank everybody enough. What’s happening right now is my focus very much on getting this directly back to the people as I’ve said the whole time. We have the semi-trucks being filled up as we speak, coming down here to donate the supplies this weekend — that’s Phase One. It’ll be the first phase of our operation to get an immediate of an impact as we can. We have things like water, food, clothing, generators, baby supplies, cleaning supplies. If there’s something I’m not thinking of, please leave it in the comments because we want to make sure we get these people exactly what we need so we help rebuild as quickly as we can. Houston, we’re thinking of you. Thank you to everybody who’s donated.”
Humanity IS incredible!
Watt isn’t the only one donating to hurricane relief efforts. The Texans have donated $1 million and the Titans gave $1 million to Watt’s drive. The New England Patriots and New York Jets and the Johnson family also are donating $1 million each to relief efforts. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank pledges to match fan contributions up to $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
The Green Bay Packers organization is donating $100,000 to J.J. Watt‘s Houston Flood Relief Fund. The Baltimore Ravens are donating $1 million to United Way of Greater Houston, with the funds distributed to the United Way Relief Fund for Hurricane Harvey, the Salvation Army of Houston and the Red Cross. The Lions also announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross’s relief efforts.
I hope for those people who can, please take the time to donate your efforts to either J.J. Watt’s Houston Flood Relief, the Salvation Army, or the Red Cross.
Click here to donate to Watt’s flood relief fund, and here to donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Let Houston know….We’ve got their backs!