A Big Push; JJ Watt’s help

Story by Josh Baker

Hurricane Harvey plowed through Texas like a running back.

Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt started a Youcaring.com Foundation for Hurricane Harvey victims. Watt’s original goal was to raise 200 thousand dollars. Impressively, he was able to raise over 500 thousand dollars in 24 hours.  Within just two days of starting the foundation, Watt raised 2 million dollars. Being a Houston Texans football star, he wanted to give back to the community and make sure the people of Texas were taken care of. Watt has currently raised over 37 million dollars. As an example of Watt was going to do with the money, he sent nine semi-trucks full of supplies down to Houston within three days of raising money. To date, JJ Watts has had 209,316 people donate to his relief fund.

With over 38 million dollars available, Watt is meeting with a team to figure out exactly how they plan on spending the money. With 2.8 million followers on Instagram, reaching people wasn’t a daunting task.Our community has grown closer over the past few major storms. Upper Division’s Mr.Soler decided to take matters into his own hands. With Mr.Soler having lived in the Virgin Islands and having family and friends there. Mr.Soler started taking donations for supplies to send over to the Virgin Islands. His efforts have been noticed across the school community.  Our community grew stronger after Hurricane Irma and JJ Watts community was able to grow stronger after Harvey, but there is still so much to do. We need to be more.

 

If you would like to donate to JJ Watts relief efforts  click here

More information on JJ Watt’s NFL career check out click here

 

Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer, Houston Chronicle

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