HOUSTON - Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has raised more than $30 million for the Texas Harvey relief effort in less than three weeks.
Watt announced on Twitter this week that he will end the fundraising effort on his YouCaring page on Friday.
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Watt wrote: "There are not enough words to thank you all for your generosity. If there is one thing that I have taken away from these last few weeks, it is the reassurance of how much good is out there in our world. When times are the toughest, humanity stands at its strongest and you have all helped to prove that emphatically. On Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. CT, we will complete the fundraising portion of our efforts to dedicate our time to ensuring every dollar is put to work for the people in the devastated areas in and around Houston. There are many places you could have donated your hard-earned money and I’m honored you have chosen to join this effort to support the people who were affected most by Hurricane Harvey. Please keep this spirit of helping one another alive. The world is a better place when we all take care of each other."
Watt has received numerous donations from individuals as well as numerous companies.
The beloved Texans star has become the face of the celebrity response to Harvey. Watt's popularity has seen a boost with his jerseys becoming the second-highest selling for a defensive player in the NFL, according to Dick's Sporting Goods jersey report.
There’s also an ongoing petition to rename SH-99 the J.J. Watt Parkway.
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