When Hurricane Harvey arrived in Houston last August, the tragedy was everywhere. So much tragedy in fact that an NFL star decided to take matters into their own hands. After collecting millions more than originally intended, the fund has helped the city of Houston in an incredible way.
Devastation In Houston
On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey Houston, Texas, hit 88 lives, causing nearly $ 125 billion in damages. The tropical storm is associated with Hurricane Katrina from 2005 as the deadliest hurricane in the contiguous United States.
Over the next four days, Texas, with more than 2.3 million people, received more than 40 inches of rain. The rain caused unprecedented flooding and displaced thousands of their homes.
Achieve for relief
J. J. Watt, a defensive NFL player for the Houston Texans, could not stand by and watch the hurricane destroy his city. So he decided to make a viral video asking for donations for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Watt first set a goal to raise $ 200,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief. A year later, Watts Relief Fund collected $ 41.6 million or 208 times its original target.
All of the money raised was distributed to eight nonprofit organizations, including All Hands and Hearts, Americares, Boys & Girls Clubs, Baker Ripley, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and SBP. The funds have been used for a variety of projects, including the cleaning and rehabilitation of more than 600 homes, the rebuilding of 420 childcare and extracurricular programs, the distribution of more than 26 million meals, the reintroduction of physical and mental health services and the distribution of medicine to more than 10,000 people in need.
"While I'm talking about the events of Hurricane Harvey A year ago, the memories of destruction and devastation are preserved, but they are accompanied by memories of hope, selflessness and the beauty of the human mind, "Watt said in a statement," Every time I'm lucky enough to see a step back into their home for the first time, or a kid running around the playground again, I'm getting the generosity of strangers that helped make everything possible. Thank you and never stop spreading the positivity! #HoustonStrong. "