— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 26, 2017
“While I understand the total recovery from Hurricane Harvey could require upwards of $200 billion,” Watt stated in the video. “And this $37 million will not be able to help every single person as I so badly wish it could, I have made it my mission to ensure this money makes as large of an impact as possible.”
Watt clarified that $31.5 million will go to three charities: Americares, Feeding America, SBP and Save the Children. The charities will use the funds to rebuild flooded homes and reopen daycare centers. They will also provide food and healthcare for impacted Houstonians.
Watt stated that $7 million will be saved going into 2018 to provide relief as unforeseen needs arise.
“I have said it many times over the course of the past few months, but it bears repeating again. The most difficult times seem to bring out the best in humanity,” Watt said. “I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and donations from across the country and around the world. You have truly shown what is possible when everyone bands together for one common cause.”
It’s been a busy Fall for JJ Watt so far. The Houston Texans player broke his leg early this month after his Harvey fundraising efforts went viral in September, attracting donors from Ellen DeGeneres to rapper Drake.