J.J. Watt shares update on Hurricane Harvey relief one year later
J.J. Watt took to Twitter on Monday morning to provide an update on his foundation’s remarkable relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, 12 months after the fundraising drive was originally launched.
The Houston Texans superstar reveals in the information presented that $41.6 million in donations have been raised, the largest crowdsourced fundraiser ever. Watt adds that 81 percent of the funds raised have been distributed.
Hurricane Harvey Relief:
One Year Update pic.twitter.com/eSiOG4TT26
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 27, 2018
“As I reflect on the events of Hurricane Harvey one year ago, the memories of destruction and devastation remain, but they are accompanied by memories of hope, selflessness and the beauty of the human spirit,” Watt writes in part in the statement. “The actions of professional first responders and everyday citizens alike were an inspiration to the world and a shining example of the inherent good that lies within us all.”
A report filed by Houston’s ABC13 lays out the following statistics about Watt’s hurricane relief efforts:
The funds raised have so far been used for the following:
The cleanup, repair and rebuilding of over 600 homes.
The recovery and rebuilding of over 420 childcare centers and after-school programs, serving over 16,000 children.
The distribution of over 26,000,000 meals to those affected.
Physical and mental health services to over 6,500 individuals.
Distribution of medicine to over 10,000 patients.
Ongoing plans to be pursued in the coming year are also chronicled in ABC13’s report.
Watt’s initial goal to raise funds for the Houston area left devastated in Hurricane Harvey’s wake was modest, to say the least. However, every time a fundraising goal was reached Watt simply raised the bar. Spearheading the relief efforts ultimately earned Watt an honorary doctorate from the Baylor College of Medicine.