Green Bay Packers announce $100,000 donation to J.J. Watt's Harvey fundraising drive

Watt's YouCaring fundraiser has hit $10 million
Posted at 10:34 AM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 13:54:21-04

GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay Packers will donate $100,000 to Houston Texans star J.J. Watt's Harvey flood relief fund, which has now surpassed $10 million, the team announced Thursday.

“The Packers and our fans send our support to the many people and communities impacted by the devastating flooding in the Houston area,” said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. “Our thoughts are with all those affected, as well as the responders.”

The Wisconsin Badgers-turned Houston Texans linebacker started his fundraising effort with a $100,000 pledge and a challenge to the public to double it. In just a few days, the total has grown beyond anyone's wildest expectations - crossing $10 million Thursday morning.

Some of the notable donors to Watt's fund include Ellen DeGeneres and the president of the Tennessee Titans.

“Every little thing helps,” Watt said on Twitter. “Just because the storm’s receding doesn’t mean we can stop raising money."

Watt said the money will be used to get supplies and food directly to victims in and around Houston. He plans to use the money to fill up semi trucks with fresh water, generators, food, clothing, cleaning supplies, etc.

In addition to the YouCaring drive, volunteers will be at Pewaukee High School on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to collect physical goods to take to Houston. Here's a list of items they are looking for:

  • Rolled blanket
  • Peanut butter
  • Boxed crackers
  • Boxed cookies
  • Boxed muffins
  • Granola bars
  • Apple sauce
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Tuna
  • Plastic silverware
  • Square box of Kleenex

More information on the donation drive can be found here.