Today, J.J. Watt announced his plans for the Hurricane Harvey Relief funds during in a press release. The Houston Texans defensive end raised more than 37 million.
“With such incredible support like this comes tremendous responsibility,” Watt said in a press release. “I have spent the greater part of the last month and a half doing my due diligence and meeting with and speaking to as many resources as possible. While I understand the total recovery from Hurricane Harvey could require upwards of $200 billion, and this $37 million will not be able to help every single person as I so badly wish it could, I have made it my mission to ensure this money makes as large of an impact as possible.”
J.J. named the four partners he is working with to help “rebuild homes, restore child-care centers, provide food and address health needs”: Americares, Feeding America, SBP and Save the Children.
The Hurricane Harvey Relieft Fund will be setting $7 million aside for distribution in 2018, “we continue to assess and analyze the evolving relief efforts.”
J.J. concluded by giving thanks-
“I have said it many times over the course of the past few months, but it bears repeating again: The most difficult times seem to bring out the best in humanity. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and donations from across the country and around the world. You have truly shown what is possible when everyone bands together for one common cause. While we are going to do some truly incredible things with this $37 million to make it stretch as far as possible, it is only one small step in the massive recovery effort that lies ahead. I encourage you to please continue to find organizations to donate to… Houston will bounce back from this and we will rise up stronger than ever.”
All this was done while J.J. is recovering from a knee injury and surgery.