HOUSTON - Houston Texans star J.J. Watt has now collected more than $30 million for flood victims following Hurricane Harvey.
The fund has far outgrown the original $200,000 goal, surpassing the $30 million mark on Friday.
Over 197,000 people have made donations to the fund as of Friday night, according to the You Caring page.
On Wednesday morning the fund received a boost in the form of a $5 million personal donation from Charles Butt, CEO of H-E-B.
"The love that I have developed for this city... I feel like it's one big family," Watt said in a news conference. "It feels like everyone is stepping up."
The fund will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15.
$27 MILLION!— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 6, 2017
Thanks in part to an incredibly generous $5 million donation from Mr. Charles Butt at HEB. https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM
Watt says he hasn’t yet decided how the money will be used, but did say he’s going to take his time to make sure it is spent wisely. He’s going to speak with leaders of several different charitable organizations, and those who helped with Katrina relief before making any decisions.
The fundraising started Aug. 27 with an original goal of raising $200,000.
J.J. Watt's fund reached $20 million on Tuesday morning.
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