J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans' charismatic defensive end, has shown again in the wake of Hurricane Harvey what makes him popular with many National Football League fans, regardless of team allegiance.
Watt increased the goal to $500,000, and when that was reached Monday afternoon, he moved the goal to $1 million, tweeting his thanks and writing, "Incredible to witness people coming together for the greater good of humanity".
"The flooding and devastation to the Houston area has been painful to watch", Strunk said in a statement obtained by ESPN. In a situation like this, you want to start raising the money as quickly as you can because I know that these recovery efforts are going to be so massive.
In a video on Twitter, Watt asked followers to, "donate something small, donate something big".
Hart started a crowdfunding campaign online with the Red Cross that has raised almost $1 million with the help of more than $5,000 contributors.
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At least five people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents so far, while several others are missing. A lawyer, Priyam Majathia, was suffocated to death in his vehicle near Gandhi Market.
Watt has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for those affected by the destructive path of Hurricane Harvey, which was later downgraded to a tropical storm.
The original goal, set up on August 27th, was $200,000, which JJ Watt put up $100,000 of his own money to achieve. "That's phase one. That's going to be the first phase of our operation, to get as an immediate impact as we can". The NFL canceled the game so the Texans players could return to their families.
The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys are among the teams making the most sizable gifts.
"We can't help physically, so we're going to help raise that money, we're going to try to make sure that we get a jump-start on it", Watt said.
Watt's own team, the Houston Texans, has helped promote Watt's campaign since its inception, and has donated to other causes benefiting Harvey victims.