J.J. Watt Harvey relief fundraiser surpassed $35M

Freeman Staff

September 16, 2017

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, a Pewaukee native.

HOUSTON - 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.

In 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.”

His 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.

During an interview after the Sept. 10 game against the Jaguars, Watt shared his plans for the money collected by his fundraiser.

Watt 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.