4-pronged approach: JJ Watt lays out how $37M collected for hurricane victims will be spent

HOUSTON, Texas — Houston Texans DE JJ Watt on Thursday, October 26th offered an update on his Hurricane Harvey relief effort — spelling out how the more than $37 million raised will be spent to help victims.

Watt began his video update, posted to social media, by apologizing that it’s been a bit since his last update, saying “I didn’t anticipate breaking my leg, so that threw a bit of a wrench into things.”

He broke his leg on October 8th vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

Watt said he’s taking a four-pronged approach when it comes to helping Harvey victims with $30.15 million of the money he’s raised. He has a goal of rebuilding and restoring devastated homes, restoring childcare centers and after-school programs, providing food to those in need, and providing professional medical services, including physical and mental health services.

He’s partnered with four non-profit organizations in an effort to accomplish these goals:

  • SBP will help rebuild and restore damaged homes
  • Save the Children will work to rebuild childcare centers and after-school programs
  • Feeding America will help with food distribution to those in need
  • AmeriCares will take the lead when it comes to the physical and mental health services

Watt said these non-profits are “boots on the ground in Houston,” and their networks will reach the entire area affected by Harvey.

He’ll hold onto $7 million for now and distribute it next year after his group assesses the continuing relief efforts.

He again thanked everyone who donated to his Hurricane Harvey YouCaring account.

“You have truly shown what is possible when everyone bands together for one common cause. While we are going to do some truly incredible things with this $37 million to make it stretch as far as possible, it is only one small step in the massive recovery effort that lies ahead,” Watt said.

A total of $37,068,042 was raised in the online fundraiser that closed on September 15th.

In the latest update on the fundraising page, Watt writes, in part:

“There are many places you could have donated your hard-earned money and I’m honored you have chosen to join this effort to support the people who were affected most by Hurricane Harvey. Please keep this spirit of helping one another alive. The world is a better place when we all take care of each other.”