Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt Is Raising Hundreds of Thousands for Harvey Victims

August 28, 2017, 12:39 PM UTC
People walk through flooded streets as the effects of Hurricane Harvey are seen August 26, 2017 in Galveston, Texas.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is hoping to raise a half-million dollars in support of Hurricane Harvey victims.

So far, the footballer has raised upward of $293,000, according to youcaring.com. Initially, Watt set a goal of $200,000, but received an outpouring of support that appeared to temporarily break the website.

“It’s very difficult not only because we have family and friends back there. Some guys have wives and kids back there. That’s our city. It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help with the recovery,” he said in a video on Twitter. “Everybody in Houston stay safe. We’re going to come back and we’re going to help you out.”

Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm late Friday. The Hurricane is forecasted to dump as much as 50 inches of rain in the area, and may stay in the area until Wednesday. Harvey is expected to cost billions in damages.