J.J. Watt on Harvey relief topping $10M: ‘So much bigger than football’
The J.J. Watt-led effort to raise much-needed funds for those in the Houston area impacted by Hurricane Harvey has now eclipsed an astounding $10 million. The Houston Texans superstar is not only pleased over how his cause has served as a rallying point, he’s humbled by its “unbelievable testament to the good of people.”
Watt’s original stated goal for flood relief was only $200,000 when he took to Twitter Sunday to post a video calling for donations to the Houston Flood Relief Fund page he organized on YouCaring.com. And as each benchmark was quickly and easily eclipsed, Watt raised the bar again and again, with obviously fantastic results (more on that here).
And now, with his fundraiser now topping $10 million, Watt cannot be more grateful over the outpouring of generosity.
“It’s an unbelievable testament to the good of people. But now it’s a big task, trying to make sure this money goes directly to the people,” Watt told The Wall Street Journal. “This is so much bigger than football.”
Watt on Wednesday night stated the relief effort already is in the works.
“We’re filling the semi trucks as we speak. Many people have donated their trucks, their time, donated food, water, clothing, generators, things like that,” Watt said, via ESPN. “We’re going to get those trucks down here by this weekend … the tentative plan is Sunday we’re going to have a bunch of my teammates help me out in a few different locations around town to be determined, and we’re going to hand out those supplies.”
It goes without saying that Watt deserves an enormous amount of credit for what he’s accomplished this week. 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 continue raising as much money as possible.
And it certainly doesn’t look like Watt will slow down leading the charge anytime soon.