JJ Watt @JJWatt
$10 MILLION!!! Absolutely incredible. The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity. https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM https://t.co/0H8jHcZCQc2017-8-31 15:25:56
That included a $200,000 donation from hip-hop artist Drake:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also announced he would contribute:
Roger Goodell @nflcommish
Proud of the leadership players like @jjwatt are displaying in Houston. My wife Jane & I are joining his effort #99 https://t.co/R0nkymRYoU2017-8-31 20:16:10
And new Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul contributed $50,000 to the fund.
Watt himself kicked off the fundraiser by donating $100,000. His original goal was to reach $200,000, and he released the following message when he began his effort (h/t Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle):
"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… So what I do want to do is, I want to start a fundraiser, because I know that these recovery efforts are going to be massive. There's going to be a whole bunch of people that we need to help get back on their feet and there's going to be a lot we need to do to help rebuild."
Since then, however, the fund has increased its original goal by 50 times. Over 98,000 people have made donations.