NFL Player Raises $11,789,248 and Counting for Harvey Flood Relief

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August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey made landfall last Friday. Since then, thousands of homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have been displaced. As a response, many celebrities have been stepping up to help the victims of the storm. One well-known athlete is now adding to that list.

J. J. Watts, NFL player for the Houston Texans, has raised a startling amount of money to help Harvey victims. The defensive end started a You Caring account on Sunday. 

The initial goal for the campaign was $200,000. As of Thursday afternoon, it had already surpassed $10 million.

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The athlete said that the money is already being used to help those affected in Houston. 

He said, "We're filling the semi-trucks as we speak. Many people have donated their trucks, their time, donated food, water, clothing, generators, things like that. We're going to get those trucks down here by this weekend...the tentative plan is Sunday we're going to have a bunch of my teammates help me out in a few different locations around town to be determined, and we're going to hand out those supplies."

"We're basically trying to find (a) the safest areas we can get to- obviously we don't want to put anyone in danger- but then (b) the areas that need it the absolute most," he continued. "So, we're going to try and set up- literally, it's going to be open up the back of a semi-truck and start handing out water, start handing out clothes."

Several stars have donated to Watt's campaign. Ellen DeGeneres partnered with Walmart to donate $1 million and Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk donated $1 million as well. Drake donated $200,000. Most of the donations, however, are in $10-50 increments, resulting in a staggering 111,987 donors.

Watts will continue to up the goal as people continue to generously donate. 

What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts and continued prayers on Facebook. In other breaking news, a reporter just questioned Trump on how he was personally helping victims of the storm. The White House responded with an answer that amazed everyone.

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