No one can accuse J.J. Watt of not doing his part to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The talented NFL defensive lineman for the Houston Texans has raised over $1.5 million in donations.
It begs the question, is J.J. Watt better and fundraising than he is at football?
Watt’s original goal was $200,000 which he reached in less than two hours. He took to Twitter again, announcing that he’d decided to raise the goal to $500,000. Once again, people came out in droves and gave all they could; Watt’s goal was met within a day thanks to a sizable donation from new Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul.
Not to be deterred, he raised the goal once again: a cool $1 million.
With the kind of outpouring Watt was seeing, anything short of a video message wouldn’t do. He posted a video to twitter to announce that the goal had been met and that he was raising the goal once again. It was now $1.5 million.
They say history repeats itself, and it certainly is proving to be the case with J.J. Watt’s fundraising efforts. After hitting the $1.5 million mark, he made the following video to announce that the goal had been raised to whopping $2 million. Incredible.
Watt reiterated that the money is going to go “directly to the people.” He has been adamant about the money “not going to administrative fees,” but hasn’t provided any details.
There doesn’t appear to be any hesitation on the part of those donating to the efforts, though.
The goal of $4 million has already been met, and Watt has raised the goal to $5 million. Money continues to pour in, with the standing balance of $2.16 million steady growing. How high will it go? Nobody knows.