Hurricane Harvey

J.J. Watt aims to raise $1 million for hurricane relief as Texans and Texas oil company step up, too

JJ Watt aims for $1 million in hurricane relief; Texans step up, too

Houston, Texans, JJ Watt, August 2017
Watt announced via Twitter that he has started a fundraiser on YouCaring to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Courtesy of si.com

Kindness gives birth to kindness. As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate the Houston-area, our hometown NFL team, the Texans, along with Houston-based global energy company Anadarko, and defensive end J.J. Watt are coming through for our city in a big way. 

The Houston Texans have pledged $1 million to help Houston rebuild. On Monday, via the tweet below, the team announced that they are donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund. Anadarko and the NFL have also pledged to donate $1 million each. 

Watt announced via Twitter that he has started a fundraising campaign on YouCaring to help relief efforts, to which he personally contributed $100,000. The money will be donated to the Red Cross.

"Whatever you can donate, please donate to help these people out," Watt says in the video below. "Houston's a great city. We're going to come out of this stronger than ever."

Thus far, Watt's efforts have raised more than $500,000 in less than 24 hours. Of that amount, $50,000 was donated by newly-minted Houston Rocket Chris Paul.

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