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JJ Watt raises more than $6 million for Harvey relief efforts

New goal is $10 million
Posted: 12:18 PM, Aug 30, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-30 18:58:59-04
J.J. Watt raising millions for Harvey relief

JJ Watt may be from Wisconsin, but Houston has become his second home.

After seeing the devastation in the area from Hurricane Harvey, the Texans defensive end and former Badger star decided to start raising money to help victims and recovery efforts.

It started as a goal to raise $200,000. But after just a few days, Watt has had to continuously raise his goal thanks to the generosity of people across the country.

"The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity," Watt said Wednesday. "I think that's what we're seeing right now. I think we're seeing humans helping humans. Rich, poor, black, white, it doesn't matter. Everybody's helping everybody."

As of Wednesday afternoon, Watt's fundraiser had brought in more than $6 million for Harvey relief - and it's still growing.

His new goal is $10 million.

Watt said he and his teammates plan to fill semi trucks and distribute donations to people in affected areas, both in Houston and the surrounding areas.

The Texans preseason game against the Cowboys Thursday that was previously moved to Arlington has been canceled .

Watt and his teammates are now heading back to the Houston area, and he said they will get to work helping people as soon as they can.

If you'd like to donate to Watt's campaign, visit his YouCaring site here .

 

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