SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- YouCaring, the world's trusted leader in free crowdfunding for personal, medical, and charitable causes, today announced that Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt has initiated a fundraiser on YouCaring to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He has personally contributed $100,000 to the cause, JJ Watt's Houston Flood Relief Fund. The campaign quickly surpassed its initial $200,000 goal, which has now been raised to $500,000, and is currently one of the largest relief fundraisers for Hurricane Harvey.
"The recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey are going to be massive, and many people will need our help to get back on their feet," said Watt. "It's extremely difficult to have to watch the events unfold on TV and not be able to get back to Houston to help - but hopefully this fundraiser will help show our love and support to those who need it the most right now. Any donation that you can spare, no matter how large or small, no matter what city or state you live in, is greatly appreciated. We will come out of this stronger than ever."
Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has wreaked havoc in the Houston area at an unprecedented scale, encompassing thousands of square miles of Southeast Texas and it continues to cause flooding that will affect millions of people. The disaster is considered the worst in Texas' history.
"The people of greater Houston need all the support they can get right now -- not just financial, but also emotional and material," said YouCaring's CEO, Dan Saper. "This is going to be a long and difficult recovery for thousands of families, and every bit helps."
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Since 2011, YouCaring has been the trusted leader in free online crowdfunding, having raised over $800 million in support of personal, medical, and charitable causes. With a focus on Compassionate Crowdfunding™, YouCaring believes no one should have to face hardship alone. Unlike other crowdfunding sites, YouCaring does not charge fundraisers a fee and relies on voluntary donations from donors to fund operations. As a Certified B Corporation®, YouCaring is committed to consumer advocacy and advancing social good.
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