Watt reflects on Harvey, One year later

Written by: Keith "Grizz" Crear | SFL Photographer/Sports Blogger

One year after Hurricane Harvey destroyed  Houston and south Texas, J.J. Watt provided an update on relief efforts from money raised in his record-setting campaign. Watt tweeted out a statement Monday morning saying that the funds that were raised, have provided repairs to and the rebuilding of over 600 homes and 420 childhood centers. More than 26,000,000 meals were given to families affected by Harvey and more than 10,000 patients have received medication and healthcare assistance.  

“As I reflect on the events of Hurricane Harvey one year ago, the memories of destruction and devastation remain, but they are accompanied by memories of hope, selflessness and the beauty of the human spirit," Watt said in the statement. "The actions of professional first responders and everyday citizens alike were an inspiration to the world and a shining example of the inherent good that lies within us all."

 JJ’s GoFundMe began with a goal of $200,000 and ended up pulling in almost $42 million. His organization has distributed to All Hands and Hearts, Americares, Boys & Girls Clubs, Baker Ripley, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, and more. "We go to some of the areas where we've rebuilt houses and we go and visit a house and I talked to one family, and I was looking at the houses around them that were still pretty beaten up," Watt said he plans on continuing the next 12 months providing aide for restoration of homes, temporary housing for those displaced and providing resiliency for future storms.

 "While a great deal has been accomplished in the past 12 months, there is still much work to be done," Watt said. "Moving forward, there will be more of the same, as we continue to work with our incredible nonprofit partners to provide as much help and support as we possibly can for those affected by Harvey. I cannot thank everyone enough for your support and generosity."

Photocredit Jeffrey Beall, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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