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Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by J.J. Watt hits $30 million

J.J. Watt’s relief fund for Hurricane Harvey victims on Friday reached $30 million, according to YouCaring, the online company handling the donations.

The campaign has long since surpassed crowdfunding records, according to YouCaring, and stands 150 times higher than Watt’s original goal when the NFL star started the online campaign Aug. 28.

Watt, an All-Pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, has said he is exploring options of how best to spend the money that he said will stay in Houston.

“It’s such a testament to the people out there,’’ Watt said Sunday when the total raised was at $17 million. “It’s such a testament to how much good there is in the world.’’

On Sunday, Watt said he had talked to members of Team Rubicon and St. Bernard Project — organizations highly regarded for their natural disaster recovery work — and to people who were involved in Hurricane Katrina’s relief efforts.

“Learned from what they did right and learned from their mistakes,’’ Watt said. “And the biggest thing everybody keeps telling me is take your time and make sure you do it right. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

“I’m going to take my time, make sure that I work with local organizations. That we do it right here in the city so that money goes straight to the people here of Houston who need it the most.’’

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