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J.J. Watt raises goal for Houston Hurricane relief to $1.5 million

J.J. Watt’s fundraising efforts to raise money for relief efforts in the devastating wake of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area has paid incredible dividends. And with each fundraising goal being easily reached, the Houston Texans superstar has once again raised the bar.

Watt originally took to Twitter Sunday to post his message calling for donations to the Houston Flood Relief Fund page he organized on YouCaring.com.

Watt originally aimed to raise $150,000 for relief efforts. Once that goal was eclipsed, Watt raised it to $500,000. Watt then took to Twitter to announce the goal was bumped up to to $1 million.

Watt continued to provide updates on progress made on the fundraising front throughout Monday, including how the goal has now been bumped up to $1.5 million.

It’s fantastic to see Watt using his reach, influence and fame to help out his adopted hometown. Several Houston sports organizations have also stepped up with huge donations as well.

But with the total lives lost still an unknown, countless residents losing everything and untold destruction — rebuilding efforts are expected to require years — there remains a tremendous need to raise as much money as possible. Kudos to Watt for doing so much on that front.