Wisconsin alum JJ Watt raises more than $500,000 for victims of Houston flooding

As Hurricane Harvey continues to ravage large swaths of South and East Texas, Wisconsin alum and Texans defensive end JJ Watt is trying to help everyone he can in his city of Houston.

Watt started raising money for victims of the catastrophic flooding in Houston through crowdfunding site YouCaring, saying “We must come together and collectively help rebuild the aspects of our community members lives that were damaged or lost.”

Within two hours, Watt’s goal of $200,000 was reached. Watt then increased his goal to $500,000, which was met within 24 hours. He has now increased it again to $1 million. On Monday afternoon, he posted a thank you to donors and a plea for more donations on Twitter.

“I can’t even begin to describe what it’s like to see people come together for a common cause,” Watt said in his video. “It truly is one of the most special things that you can witness. There are so many people that are going to need our help. There are so many people that are going to need these funds to help rebuild their families, their houses, their communities.”

Among the donations was a $50,000 contribution from Rockets star Chris Paul, which brought Watt over his $500,000 goal. Paul wasn’t the only donor though, as more than 5,500 people have donated to the cause, per YouCaring.

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