Hurricane Harvey blew through Texas and left Houston flooded. Many were forced to evacuate as the city received unprecedented rainfall levels. In fact, Houston was left under eight feet of water. Hurricane Harvey quickly became the most expensive natural disaster to affect the United States. When it was over, Harvey left over $150 billion worth of damage to the city.
People all over the world have been donating and showing their support for the city. Hollywood star Sandra Bullock gave $1 million. President Trump even pledged to give $1 million of his personal money to the cause. What’s more, Texans football star J.J. Watt received a warm welcome on Sunday as his team returned to the field after Hurricane Harvey. According to The Hill, Watt raised more than $31 million for hurricane relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey devastated the region last month.
His original goal was not that high but due to the overwhelming support, the football star was able to raise more money. Watt was the last player to come out of the team’s tunnel onto the field for their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, earning cheers from the crowd. Watt’s massive fundraiser earned the backing of politicians like former President George H.W. Bush and Rep. Pete Olsen (R-Texas).
President George H.W., George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton have also launched a charity to help with the relief efforts. During the season opener of the NFL season last week, an ad aired where each former President promoted people to donate to the charity. Not only will their charity help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, but it will also help those families affected by Hurricane Irma which made landfall on Sunday. Irma is causing mass evacuations and is expected to cause more damage than Hurricane Andrew. Are you glad to see American’s responses to these natural disasters?