Houston Texans star J.J. Watt’s foundation raised even more for Hurricane Harvey relief than originally announced last year, including funding for various charities NCF givers also support.
The Justin J. Watt Foundation announced August 27 that Watt’s YouCaring.com campaign raised a grand total of $41.6 million, up from the $37 million announced in October, after including late donations and checks that came in after the deadline. That makes it the largest such crowdsourced fundraiser ever, according to an August 27 press release from the Texans.
And those funds are benefiting twice as many nonprofits as originally announced. The initial list in October consisted of Americares, Feeding America, Save the Children and SBP, and now All Hands and Hearts, Boys & Girls Clubs, Baker Ripley and Habitat for Humanity have been added.
The release states that the funds so far have been used for:
- Cleanup, repair and rebuilding of over 600 homes.
- Recovery and rebuilding of over 420 childcare centers and after-school programs, serving over 16,000 children.
- Distribution of over 26 million meals to those affected.