J.J. Watt’s Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Hits $12 Million and Counting
J.J. Watt’s fundraising efforts for Hurricane Harvey relief have hit $12 million and counting.
The relief fund, hosted by the You Caring website, surpassed the $12 million mark on Thursday, and the new goal for the fundraiser is $15 million.
Watt announced on Wednesday that he had increased his goal to $10 million, and had raised more than $6 million as of Wednesday afternoon. He planned to distribute supplies to those affected by the storm on Sunday.
Watt started the fundraiser last Sunday with an initial goal of $100,000. The money will help purchase food, generators, clothing, water and supplies for the people of Houston.
Texas governor Greg Abbott announced that 33 counties are in a flood-ravaged state and are under federal disaster declarations. More than 8,500 people have been rescued from their homes. Some areas received more than 51.88 inches of rain. CNN reports that at least 19 people have died in the storm.
The Texans are headed back to Houston after their Thursday night preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys was cancelled, so that players could return home to their families.
You can donate to Watt’s efforts here.