Jimmy Fallon Donated $1 Million to J.J. Watt’s Harvey Relief Fund and Invited a Houston Gospel Choir to Sing “Lean On Me” (We Cried)


Jimmy Fallon, like a lot of us, watched the news last week and was deeply affected by what he saw after Hurricane Harvey ravaged South Texas. But, he was also inspired, especially by Houston Texan J.J. Watt.

Fallon returned to “The Tonight Show,” to announce his hefty donation with a lot of pizazz, “Last week we saw the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on the state of Texas. But in the face of this tragedy, we saw good. We saw communities banding together. Neighbors helping neighbors. Strangers helping strangers. So many heroes—people like Mattress Mack, who opened up his stores and showrooms for those who needed shelter. The group of people who formed a human chain to save a man from a flooded SUV… And J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans, who has raised over $18 million dollars to provide food, water, and supplies to the victims.”

After announcing the donation, he shared the other really cool thing he saw on the news last week, “One of the most inspiring clips I saw last week was a video of two singers — Victoria White and Marquist Taylor — who visited a storm shelter and formed a spontaneous gospel choir to sing to hurricane evacuees. And it’s my honor to introduce them to you tonight. Here to sing a song dedicated to all the heroes in Houston who did whatever they could to help, please welcome, along with The Roots, Victoria White, Marquist Taylor, and their Houston Gospel Choir.”


Adding, “I’m proud to say that our show, The Tonight Show, is donating $1 million dollars to J.J.’s fund. Thank you, J.J.”