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Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

JJ Watt Pleads for People to Help Houston After Catastrophic Flooding

The Texan said he has been watching the news and seeing the damage the storm has caused back home is "very difficult"

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced on Twitter that he was starting a fundraiser to help the recovery effort in Houston after Hurricane Harvey caused massive damage. Watt himself donated $100,000 to the cause. (Published Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017)

    People are answering Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's call to help the people of Houston, who are dealing with record flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

    Since launching a fundraiser Sunday, the Texan has already raised more than $500,000. He said he is upping the goal to $1 million.

    "Incredible to witness people coming together for the greater good of humanity," Watt tweeted.

    He also thanked Houston Rockets' Chris Paul for donating $50,000 to put the fundraiser over the $500,000 mark. 


    Watt posted a video on his social media account Sunday afternoon saying he has been watching the news and seeing the damage the storm has caused back home is "very difficult."

    "It’s very difficult not only because we have family and friends back there. Some guys have young kids, some have wives and families. But that’s our city. It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not being there to help," he continued.

    Watt kicked off the fundraiser with his own donation of $100,000 saying "Houston, we're in this together."


    "So if you can donate, please donate. Everybody in Houston, stay safe. Stay safe, we’re thinking about you. We’re going to come back. We’re going to help you out," the football star said.

    The Houston Texans football team was forced to fly to Dallas Saturday night after playing in an exhibition game in New Orleans against the Saints. Right now it's unclear when the team may return to Houston.

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    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift