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JJ Watt raises $18M in Hurricane Harvey relief

JJ Watt raises $18M in Hurricane Harvey relief”

The Houston Texans defensive end said he already has a plan of action to begin using the money to help those affected in flood-ravaged Houston.

The 2017 National Football League season is still days away but Texans star J.J. Watt may have already locked up the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award thanks to his heroic efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

On Sunday, Watt talked about the fund, and how he's going to spend the money. The Houston Chronicle reported all the items were donated and all the participants were volunteers.

As of Sunday afternoon, Watt's campaign had passed the $18 million mark. Water, food, clothing, cleaning supplies. "So I can't say thank you enough to them". 450K shares, 167K donors later and the amount stands at a whopping $17 million raised as he hopes to get to $20 million.

Watt says he has spoken with people from Team Rubicon, which says its mission is to unite "the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams", and from the St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit started to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in St. Bernard Parish and Southeast Louisiana. He took to Twitter last night and gave an update as to what's available and when it will get to the people. Not a single dollar of the donated money 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. "The biggest thing everybody keeps telling me is: Take your time; make sure you do it right". And Watt did that, although on a much grander scale than he probably ever expected. "He helped us fix the site and it got rolling".



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