J.J. Watt‘s fundraising campaign to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts surpassed its $10 million goal Thursday. The Texans star defensive end confirmed the milestone in a video via Twitter. Watt announced the drive has raised more than $12 million in donations.
“I can’t say thank you enough — celebrities musicians, athletes, kids with their lemonade stands, people hosting fundraisers, business donating — I cannot thank everybody enough. What’s happening right now is my focus very much on getting this directly back to the people as I’ve said the whole time. ” – Watt
Watt isn’t the only one donating to hurricane relief efforts. The Texans have donated $1 million and the Titans gave $1 million to Watt’s drive. The New England Patriots and New York Jets and the Johnson family also are donating $1 million each to relief efforts. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank pledges to match fan contributions up to $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
The Green Bay Packers organization is donating $100,000 to J.J. Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund. The Baltimore Ravens are donating $1 million to United Way of Greater Houston, with the funds distributed to the United Way Relief Fund for Hurricane Harvey, the Salvation Army of Houston and the Red Cross. The Lions also announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross’s relief efforts.
TV host Ellen DeGeneres surprised Watt with a $1 million donation to his fund on her show Wednesday. Pop star and actress Miley Cyrus announced she’d pledged $500,000 to hurricane relief efforts. Rapper Drake announced via Instagram he’s donating $200,000 to Watt’s initiative.
You can donate to his relief fund here.