JJ Watt raises Houston fundraiser goal to $10 million

NFL star and Pewaukee native JJ Watt is raising money to help flood victims in Texas

Watt, a native of Wisconsin and a member of the Houston Texans, has been actively campaigning on social media for help in combating the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey in the greater southern Texas area. "I think we're in a time right now where obviously the City of Houston, the state of Texas especially, the southeastern part is down, so we need to help them as much as we possibly can". "We lock in, we focus on our jobs, but the second we're out of meetings I go to straight to my phone and check on the fundraiser, check on people running logistics on the trucks, and we're always watching the news".

So many people visited Watt's website on YouCaring.com, the website crashed. In just 48 hours, he received more than $4 million in donations and kept raising the goal each day. Watt told ESPN, "We're filling the semi trucks as we speak".

You can donate to Watt's efforts here. More than 8,500 people have been rescued from their homes. As of Thursday, his foundation page directs visitors to his crowdfunding efforts for Harvey victims.

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Hart started a crowdfunding campaign online with the Red Cross that has raised almost $1 million with the help of more than $5,000 contributors.

J.J. Watt's drive to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief passed a remarkable milestone on Thursday, pushing past the $10million mark. So I wanted to do whatever we possibly could, and I knew that I wanted to get out in front of it quick. The Texans were on the road playing the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. Originally, this match was planned to be played in Houston but after heavy rain that Hurricane Harvey brought over the fourth largest city in the USA it has been decided that it should be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of Cowboys. "Whether it's $5, whether it's $500, whatever it may be, to see so many people's support, to see so many people send the message, spread the message, it's incredible". We're going to help you out.

The Texans rerouted to Dallas after their game this weekend and will travel back to Houston when it's safe. Watt may have to raise his fundraising goal again.

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