J.J. Watt shares plan for $37M he raised for Hurricane Harvey relief (vid)
Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt on Thursday revealed the plan for how the $37 million he raised for Hurricane Harvey relief will be distributed and how those funds will be used to help those impacted by the natural disaster.
A total of $31.5 million will be distributed over the next 18-24 months to four organizations — Americares, Feeding America, SBP and Save the Children — that already have “boots on the ground,” Watt said in a video posted to Twitter thanking everyone who support the cause.
Excited to share an update on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.#HoustonStrong
(Video cut off the end. Go Astros!) pic.twitter.com/PvDRVi0SGR
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 26, 2017
The balance of remaining funds — about $7 million — is to be set aside and distributed in 2018 via the Justin J. Watt Foundation.
“While I understand the total recovery from Hurricane Harvey could require upwards of $200 billion, and this $37 million will not be able to help every single person as I so badly wish it could, I have made it my mission to ensure this money makes as large of an impact as possible,” Watt said in a statement, via NFL.com.
Watt made sure in his statement to express his sincere gratitude for how people rallied around his grass roots effort to raise disaster relief. After all, Watt’s originally stated goal was a modest $150,000 but he kept raising the bar each and every time a fundraising milestone was reached.
“I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and donations from across the country and around the world,” Watt said in his statement. “You have truly shown what is possible when everyone bands together for one common cause. While we are going to do some truly incredible things with this $37 million to make it stretch as far as possible, it is only one small step in the massive recovery effort that lies ahead.
“I encourage you to please continue to find organizations to donate to, whether they be some of the ones listed below or others. Houston will bounce back from this and we will rise up stronger than ever.”