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JJ Watt Breaks $18 Million in Fundraising Campaign for Texas

JJ Watt Breaks $18 Million in Fundraising Campaign for Texas”

Watt started a fundraising campaign with a goal of $200,000 on August 27th. Watt has not slowed in his efforts to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and the Houston Texans star is now helping deliver a full warehouse of supplies to the people of Houston. Sunday's effort was what he said was Phase 1 of a lengthy period of recovery and Watt wants to proceed deliberately and smartly with the money that more than 150,000 donors have contributed. The Houston Chronicle reported all the items were donated and all the participants were volunteers.

That effort ballooned quickly thanks to an outpouring on social media and some key celebrity contributions, raising more than $18 million in the week since its creation.

"When it's personal and when it hits that close to home it takes it to a whole new level and I think that's. that's what's been so special about this is to see the reaction from Houstonians, from people around America", Watt said. And we have those all filled with stocks, supplies, water, food, clothing, everything.

He has issued a new challenge set at $20 million. He's been involved in every aspect of distributing the resources and consulting with those who can help him allocate the millions going forward.

On Sunday, he took to Twitter once again and gave a sneak peak to what will be donated to the Houston area today. "Not a single dollar has been spent yet".

"Going out there on the field, playing the best you can, lift the morale of the city - obviously that helps", Watt said during the interview. He has given to our great city more than we could ever have asked for.

He says he goal is to make sure the money goes straight to people in Houston.



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