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Ellen DeGeneres Team Up With NFL Star To Boost Hurricane Harvey Donations To A Whopping $8.5 Million

As donations for the people of Texas continue to pour in following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, TV host Ellen DeGeneres has teamed up with NFL star J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, in order to help him raise $10 million towards relief efforts. 

She had already donated $75,000 to the American Red Cross and SPCA, and this time she presented Watt with a check for a $1 million donation from Walmart, bringing his fundraising total to $8.5 million.

"When Texas needed him, J.J. Watt was there. I was honored to help make this amazing gift from Walmart possible," said Ellen in a Twitter video.

Watt appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after the donation to talk about what the people of Houston need most.

"The thing that we have heard the most is water," explains Watt. "They need drinking water, they need water to clean, they need water to bathe [...] We are filling semi-trucks up with many different things — water, clothing, generators, cleaning supplies."

Watt also thanked Ellen on Twitter following the donation, saying, "This was truly unbelievable. Thank you Ellen! We’re over $8.5 MILLION now!"

Watt started his initial fundraiser with a goal of $200,000, but after over 83,000 donors chipped in, that goal has shot through the roof.

H/T: Rare

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