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Watt’s page, which he set up on YouCaring, attracted donations from nearly 200,000 people—including Drake, who donated $200,000; Ellen DeGeneres; Walmart, which donated $1 million; and the Tennessee Titans, which also donated $1 million.
Many of the individual donations ranged from $25 to as high as $5,000.
“We’re gonna see how high we can get it,” Watt said in a video updating people on the process of the fund. “I can’t say thank you enough … What’s happening right now, my focus is very much on getting this money directly back to the people.”
Watt and several Houston Texans teammates handed out 10 semi-trucks full of donated supplies to victims on Sunday including baby supplies, water, and pet food. He called the work “phase one” of his efforts.
10 semi trucks.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 4, 2017
Countless incredible volunteers.
Just the beginning. pic.twitter.com/xmN40M4hFA
Watt told the Washington Post that “not one single dollar” had been spent from the fund as of Sunday and he would proceed with using the money toward projects in the future.
“I’m taking my time. I’m going to make sure that I do this right. This is a long-term project, not a one-day, a one-week, a one-year project,” he told the Post.
You can read more about Watt’s efforts to raise money for Harvey victims here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).