J.J. Watt raised $41.6 million for Harvey assistance


The Justin J. Watt Foundation has announced that it raised and distributed $41.6 million in the past 12 months to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The foundation called it the "largest crowdsourced fundraiser in world history." Watt started the project with a relatively modest goal of $200,000.

Watt says the funds have been used to repair and rebuild more than 600 houses, restore and rebuild some 420 childcare centers, and provide "millions and millions of meals to people who weren't sure where their next meal might be coming from." The money has also helped provide physical and mental health care to about 6,500 individuals and medicine to more than 10,000.

All of the funds have been distributed through eight public service organizations - All Hands and Hearts, Americares, Boys & Girls Clubs, Baker Ripley, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and the St. Bernard Project.


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