Waukesha native and former Wisconsin Badger JJ Watt kick-started a donation effort to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas with a $100,000 donation Sunday, and raised more than $500,000 in less than a day.
Now, he's bumping his goal up to $1 million.
Watt posted a video on his Twitter account requesting donations big and small to help out the state in which he now plays for the Houston Texans.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 27, 2017
"It's very difficult," Watt said in the video. "That's our city. It's very tough to watch our city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help, not be there to help with the recovery, not be there to help with the process."
Watt said the images he's seen on the news inspired him to take action. This donation page shows a $100,000 initial donation from Watt, with the message "Houston, we're in this together."
"Houston's a great city," he said in the video. "We're going to come out of this stronger than ever. But we're going to need a lot of money to help these people rebuild."
You can find out more about donating to the "Houston Flood Relief Fund" at this link.
The initial 200k was raised in less than 2 hours.
I have now raised the goal to 500k.
Your support is phenomenal!https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 28, 2017