Update, Saturday, 9:42 a.m.: What an incredible effort.
$15 MILLION!!!https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM pic.twitter.com/YoIRk1Fti6— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 1, 2017
Update, Friday, 9:28 a.m.: Still going.
$14 MILLION!https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 1, 2017
Update, Thursday, 11:25 a.m.: $10 million.
$10 MILLION!!!— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 31, 2017
The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity. https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM pic.twitter.com/0H8jHcZCQc
Update, Thursday, 9:55 a.m.: We’re going to have to keep updating this post.
Massive thank you to @TheEllenShow for the $1 Million donation.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 31, 2017
We're now over $8.5 Million.
Let's keep going!https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM pic.twitter.com/LRhVLzxFZj
Update, 1:11 p.m.: Watt’s fundraising goal has increased again.
Detailed Update.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 30, 2017
New Goal: $10 Millionhttps://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM pic.twitter.com/82YUoyoy3u
A remarkable effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey continues to grow.
As of Wednesday morning, former Wisconsin Badgers and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt helped raise over $5.5 million for the flood-relief efforts following the devastating storm. Watt is raising the money through a page on youcaring.com.
The continued public support for this has been nothing short of amazing. On Sunday, Watt started this endeavor with the hope of raising $200,000.
That was eclipsed in two hours.
From there, new goals were set, and each time, they were crushed. That included help from new Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul ($50,000). In the past 24 hours alone, the fund’s goal has exponentially accelerated from $2 million up to $6 million as of Wednesday morning.
Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, whose team started in Houston before moving to Nashville in the 1990s, donated $1 million to the fund on Tuesday.
It’s hard to keep track of the dollar amounts as they flood in, but the public outpour of support is a bright spot during such a tragic disaster.
“It’s incredible,” Watt said in a video posted to his Twitter page on Wednesday morning. “The most difficult times seem to bring out the best in humanity. That’s showing through right now so much, so please keep sharing. Please keep donating.”
Watt’s efforts aren’t the only ones from a former Wisconsin Badger. Jake Wood, who played at Wisconsin in the early 2000s before joining the Marines and spending time in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his organization, Team Rubicon, are currently raising donations as well.
Join me in supporting @TeamRubicon as they rescue residents affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Every dollar helps: https://t.co/IiqGLhoqzq— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) August 28, 2017