HOUSTON – Houston Texans football star J.J. Watt on Thursday named four groups that will split $30 million of the $37 million he raised for recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.
The defensive end made the announcement on Twitter, saying his recent broken leg threw a wrench in getting the money distributed.
Watt said $30.15 million will go to the four groups with which he partnered to help with rebuilding homes, restoring child care centers and after-school programs, distributing food and providing medical services for storm victims.
The remaining $7 million will be distributed next year, Watt said.
The campaign began after Hurricane Harvey caused massive damage across Houston and the Texas Coastal Bend.
Watt promised frequent updates over the next two years as the money he raised is used.
Here are the four charities and the purpose for each group that was laid out in a news release from Watt’s foundation:
"Returning homeowners to their homes following a disaster. The funds donated to SBP will go directly towards the rebuilding of hundreds of homes in Houston and the surrounding areas. SBP is the national leader in long-term disaster recovery serving low-to-moderate income residents with a particular focus on the most vulnerable members of the community, including families with small children, the elderly, physically-challenged persons, veterans and under or uninsured individuals. SBP will also help train and support other organizations in the area, such as Team Rubicon, to implement SBP’s model for effective and efficient rebuilding."
2. Save The Children
"Support child-care, early-education and after-school program service restoration. Early results from assessments on the 4,500 child-care programs in the affected areas show that an estimated 1,400 child-care and early-learning sites have been damaged or destroyed. Save the Children will use the donated funds to directly restore, rebuild and provide support for these child-care centers and other services that families depend on across Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and the many other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey."
3. Feeding America
"Direct support for Feeding America member food banks serving Southeast Texas – the Houston Food Bank, Coastal Bend Food Bank (Corpus Christi), Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria) and Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont). Combined, these food banks serve people in need in 48 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to the direct support for these four highly-affected food banks, the funds will provide mobile food pantries to help increase food distribution to people in need and help rebuild food distribution programs and agencies across the region. With the fund’s support, the Feeding America network will be there every step of the way to provide food and hope to those who have lost so much."
"Address the physical and mental health needs of disaster survivors and restore health services to the most vulnerable in Houston and the surrounding areas. Americares has long-standing relationships with 26 community clinics in and around Houston, with which they work to provide medicine, supplies and other assistance. The funds provided to Americares will be used for medicines, mental health services, mobile medical services and medical supplies."