Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt responded to the unprecedented devastation from Hurricane Harvey by setting up a page on the fundraising site YouCaring.com.
Hurricane Harvey has taken a catastrophic toll on our great city, while leaving many stranded and in need of assistance. We must come together and collectively help rebuild the aspects of our community members lives that were damaged or lost. Any donation that you can spare, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated. We will come out of this stronger than ever. We are Texans.
Watt set a goal of $15 million, and at the time of this writing, he has just about hit the target! As of 1:00 p.m. on September 1, Watt’s 140,875 donors have contributed a total of $14,608,789 to help those affected by the massive flooding and destruction from Harvey.
The response to Watt’s call for donors has been so overwhelming that the site is having a hard time keeping up, which prompted a response from YouCaring CEO Dan Saper:
The response here has been surreal. Due to everyone’s overwhelming generosity and the amount of traffic going to this page, you may experience intermittent donation issues. Please bear with us, or check back in a few minutes if that’s happening to you. Our engineering team is working tirelessly to ensure uptime on the site! We are also working closely with JJ Watt and the Houston Texans to ensure the funds are used as effectively as possible, and we commend them for this incredible initiative. THANK YOU for your continued generosity to support the people of Houston. Every donation counts, no matter how big or small, so please keep sharing the link and spreading the word. Thank you.
Good for Watt for stepping up and sounding the call for donations – and thanks to all who have given!