Just days after Texans football player JJ Watt launched a crowdfunding campaign on YouCaring dedicated to Hurricane Harvey victims, the initiative has successfully secured more than $9.4 million from almost 100,000 supporters. "My good friend J.J. Watt started a fundraising effort through Youcaring and I've donated $200,000 towards it". "The Titans want to be a part of his effort to help the Houston community as it rebuilds", Strunk said in the release. The donations will be directed to the HoustonFlood Relief Fund established at youcaring.com by Houston Texan's defensive star J.J. Watt.
It has been less than four full days since Watt first asked for donations; as of this writing, just over 100,000 people had contributed.
"We have the semi-trucks being filled up as we speak, coming down here to donate the supplies this weekend", Watt said in his latest Twitter video.
In a video on Twitter, Watt asked followers to, "donate something small, donate something big".
Challenging times can bring the best out of people, and campaigns like Watt's one demonstrate that solidarity may be practiced even when there is a rivalry on the pitch. Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain in some areas in Texas and trillions and trillions of gallons in rainfall overall, creating massive flooding across the state.
A man directs a rescue boat to people in need of rescue at an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
Within two hours, his initial fundraising goal of $200,000 was raised.
J.J. Watt's drive to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief passed a remarkable milestone on Thursday, pushing past the $10million mark.
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"If there is something played this week, I think we should definitely involve some sort of fundraiser, some sort of way to benefit the people back home because I think this is a much bigger issue than just a football game". "Anything that I could do that would be helpful, I should do it".
"We can't help physically, so we're going to help raise that money, we're going to try to make sure that we get a jump-start on it", Watt said.
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