Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, a Pewaukee native.
- Friday was officially the last day that J.J. Watt’s YouCaring
fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Harvey was open to
accepting donations. As of Friday afternoon, $35,793,980 was
raised by over 200,000 donors.
a message to all those who donated, Watt said: “On Friday, Sept.
15 at 5 p.m. CT, we will complete the fundraising portion of our
efforts to dedicate our time to ensuring every dollar is put to
work for the people in the devastated areas in and around Houston.
There are many places you could have donated your hard-earned
money and I’m honored you have chosen to join this effort to
support the people who were affected most by Hurricane Harvey.”
mother, Connie Watt, also helped organize donation drop-off events
in Pewaukee, Madison and Janesville. Support at all three
locations was overwhelming, with a full 10 semitrucks being loaded
with invaluable supplies like food and water. Watt personally
helped deliver boxes of supplies to those affected by Harvey.
an interview after the Sept. 10 game against the Jaguars, Watt
shared his plans for the money collected by his fundraiser.
says he will be meeting with local Houston organizations to make
sure the money stays in the Houston area. He aims to work with the
best organizations in each county affected to make sure homes and
schools start rebuilding. He also says he’llbe directing people
to other places where they can continue to donate.