More trucks needed for amount of donations collected in Pewaukee for Watt Foundation
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The milestones keep piling up for JJ Watt who's fundraiser has now topped its goal of 10 million dollars. His foundation's Pewaukee efforts are increasing goals too.
JJ's mom, Connie Watt, tells CBS 58 the response in Wisconsin has been so great that they had to get another truck to ship all the donations to Houston. At this point they have so many donations that they need more people to help load them.
For three days hundreds from southeast Wisconsin came to help their local NFL star help a community in need.
"We have to be able to help everybody no matter where they're at," said Tom Heding who donated.
"The devastation we've seen that people have, we just, they need help," said Lee Dlouhy.
Kirsten Ozburn said she was, "Just thinking of these kids and their families, and their parents stressing out. Are we going to have water? Are we going to have something to eat today? How are we going to clean things up?"
The community donated so much that the Watt foundation needs a new truck and people to help sort it but volunteers have stepped up there too, "The community has been tremendous. People just come, they drop things off, and they look at it all, and I think they're so overwhelmed, they ask can we stay to help, and we always of course say sure," said Connie Watt.
The Pewaukee High School cafeteria is now packed to the brim and principal Marty Van Hulle said, "Having families bring up their kids to show the power of giving back to the community, the power of community, the power of assisting those in need. It's been awesome."
Donations will be accepted until 3:30 Thursday afternoon. Then they'll shift all the focus on loading the trucks.
Connie Watt says they'll leave Thursday night or early Friday morning at the latest and teams are in place to pass donations out in Houston.