Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has already raised more than $1.36 million (as of writing this) to help victims of Hurricane Harvey via youcaring.com.
For the third time in just a few days, Watt took to social media to ask fans to help out. During his third message, posted on Monday evening from Dallas, Watt tells fans the team is stuck in Dallas due to flooding and airport closures.
“But we are watching on TV, seeing all the police and the firemen and the everyday citizens out there in their boats, helping to rescue people, helping to save lives. It’s incredible to watch. To give you an update, we just passed the $1 million mark, which is phenomenal . Five dollars here, $10 there, it’s just donations from all over, it’s so crazy to watch, so thank you guys.
“I know you’re wondering where the money is going to go, I just want to let you know it is going directly to the people. I’m working very hard yesterday and today, and all week, to make sure that this money goes directly to the people, not to administrative fees or anything like that.”
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 29, 2017
Watt’s latest goal is to reach $1.5 million to help victims, and according to Sports Illustrated, NBA point guard Chris Paul, who was traded to the Houston Rockets this offseason, messaged Watt earlier in the week saying he will donate $50,000.
Rescue operations are continuing in Texas as the rain is still falling and water levels are rising. Per The New York Times, Texas governor Gov. Greg Abbott called the storm “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced.”
Local officials report ten deaths that could be linked to Harvey so far, as the rain path continues to the upper Texas coast and to neighboring Louisiana. According to reports, some areas of Houston were already hit with 30 inches of rain and could reach 50 inches.
The Houston Astros were forced to move their home series against the Texas Rangers to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, after the Rangers reportedly declined to swap home games with the Astros and wanted Houston to play all six games in Arlington. Per ESPN, Texas GM Jon Daniels later cited concerns over tickets already purchased as a reason for not accepting the swap.
The series begins tonight at 7 p.m. EST from Tropicana Field.