Pewaukee stepping up big to donate for JJ Watt Foundation and Harvey victims
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- NFL star and Pewaukee's own JJ watt just hit another milestone in raising funds for Houston flood victims. As of Wednesday around noon his You Caring Page has raised $6 million dollars and the new goal is $10 million.
The Watt Foundation is also sending necessities from southeast Wisconsin to Texas.
People have been coming through the doors at Pewaukee High School all day Wednesday donating food and water. They'll start loading up a semi truck with those things Wednesday afternoon for the Watt foundation to send down to Houston for flood victims.
People who came to Pewaukee High School to donate say they enjoy being part of a community that wants to reach out, "It feels wonderful. It really does. I mean, that everybody's wanting to help." said Janice Brant.
The volunteers sorting those donations say, "There's only so much we can do up here to help and if this is one way to give back our time and the resources they have, it just makes sense that people need us. And there's no better way to come together than to do something like this," said Ashley Knoebel.
The Watt foundation posted the items they're looking for online which is mostly water and non perishable food items. The items are specific so they can fit in a twelve by twelve by twelve box. They chose that size because those in need will need to carry the box around all day without being able to bring it to a house or vehicle.
JJ Watt's mom Connie Watt says she's been very impressed with what the community has put together in a couple days, "Really we're getting just a wonderful variety of everything. So it's not like everybody is bringing in tuna or everyone's bringing in peanut butter, so I applaud everybody for kind of just bringing in a mix of things and appreciate that."
She hopes that effort stays strong through Thursday, "We have to take care of each other. It's the way god wants us to do."
You can drop off donations until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening and again until 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon before the truck leaves.
If you're short on time you can bring it to the outside of the school and someone will take it in for you.