On August 27, 2017, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt started a fundraiser to help people in the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Watt set a goal of $200,000, but that proved to be far too low a number. Donations kept rolling in and Watt’s foundation ultimately found itself with $41.6 million in donations. On Monday, Watt provided an update about what has been done with that money over the last year.
All of the funds have been distributed to eight organizations that have repaired over 600 homes and 420 childcare centers; provided 26 million meals; distributed medicine to over 10,000 people and provided physical and mental health services.
In a letter, Watt thanked those who have “provided an unbelievable example of what the human spirit is capable of accomplishing” while also looking to future needs.
“While a great deal has been accomplished…