JJ Watt's Houston Harvey relief fund hits $15M

Sports teams, organizations and players are showing their support for Houstonians and donating big money to the recovery effort. 8/29 10:15 p.m.

HOUSTON -- When Texans star JJ Watt set up an online fundraiser to help Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey he hoped to raise $250,000.

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday it had raised more than $15 million.

About an hour before the fund hit $15 million, Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted Watt, telling him to raise his goal even higher with a promise to add a sizeable chunk to it.

Watt appeared remotely on the Ellen DeGeneres Show the day before. Ellen announced that Walmart would be contributing $1 million to Watt's effort, and Miley Cyrus donated $500,000 of her own money.

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"Can't speak enough to the goodness in humanity, to everybody helping out," Watt said Wednesday night. 

Watt donated $100,000 himself when the YouCaring fundraiser first went online.

"That's our city. It's very tough to watch our city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help with the recovery," Watt said. "I know these recovery efforts are going to be massive."

He said he wanted to start a fundraiser to help people get back on their feet. "Houston, we're in this together," Watt said in a description of his donation on the fundraising page.

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The initial goal was smashed within hours, so Watt raised the goal to $500,000 and has kept raising the bar since.

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