No NFL game played this year will carry more weight than what Houston Texans star J.J. Watt has shouldered for the Houston area.
Less than 24 hours after Watt raised his Hurricane Harvey fundraising goal from $6 million to a whopping $10 million, the mark has been hit. Yes, J.J. Everything is bigger in Texas.
“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. “That’s phase one. That’s going to be the first phase of our operation, to get as an immediate impact as we can. We have things like water, food, clothing, generators, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, but 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 they need, so we can help rebuild as quickly as we can.”
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 31, 2017
Sports figures and celebrities have contributed big money to Watt’s effort, but with more than 97,000 donors, it’s clear that the $10, $20 and $50 donations are adding up and going a long way.
From the outset, Watt has said he will be ensuring that all of the money goes directly to the people who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Watt started his fundraising page on Sunday with his own $100,000 contribution. He put out a challenge to get his donation matched, and within the day, $500,000 had been donated. So, he raised it to $1 million, $4 million, $6 million and then $10 million.
Sure, Watt’s star power helps, but major accolades go to those who put themselves in others’ shoes. Rebuilding starts with empathy.