[UPDATE]: J.J. Watt has since announced he’s helped raise $1 million in funds for relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. His new goal now sits at $1.5 million. Anybody looking to help in the efforts can click here.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is a staple of modern-day Texas sports while the heralded pass rusher is attempting to do all that he can in order to aid those in need. With Hurricane Harvey causing massive flooding in the Houston area, Watt is urging people to donate to a relief fund, one that has already surpassed its initial goal of $200,000.
In fact, the fund has now surpassed the $300,000 mark as well with more than 3,300 people making a donation.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 27, 2017
“I’m sitting here watching the news, seeing everything that’s going on back home with Hurricane Harvey, ” Watt said. “It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult not only because we have family and friends back there. Some guys have wives and kids back there. That’s our city. It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help, not be there to help with the recovery, not be there to help with the process.
“It’s very difficult. What I do want to do is start a fundraiser because I know these recovery efforts are going to be massive. There’s a whole bunch of people we need to help, to help people get back on their feet and help rebuild. If you can donate something small or something big, please help. Houston is a great city. We’re going to come out of this stronger than ever. Everybody in Houston stay safe. We’re going to come back and we’re going to help you out.”
It is also worth noting that Watt himself has made a generous donation of $100,000.