Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) helped raise over $ 2 million in less than 24 hours to help bring relief in the state of Texas, which was devastated this week by deadly winter storms.
On Thursday night, Ocasio-Cortez announced that she is partnering with several Texas charities and encouraged her millions of Twitter followers to donate to help Texas residents reeling from widespread power outages, water shortages and freezing temperatures.
“The AOC team launches relief efforts for Texas starting today,” tweeted the New York Democrat Thursday evening. “Our first effort is a partnership with 5 Texas organizations that are providing on-the-ground assistance to Texans as soon as possible. If you can, please donate here – your contribution will be split among the 5.
As of Thursday evening, over a million dollars had been raised and on Friday morning, charities raised over $ 2 million. The funds are split between the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Ending Community Homeless Coalition, Family Eldercare, Houston Food Bank, Feeding Texas and several other charities.
We have now raised $ 2 MILLION in relief for Texans and are adding more organizations.
I’ll be flying to Texas today ✈️ to visit Houston Rep Sylvia Garcia (@LaCongresista) to distribute supplies and help amplify needs and solutions.
Let’s see how far we can go: https://t.co/4PQkp4gG9v
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 19, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez was also planning to travel to Houston on Friday to meet with Texas rep Sylvia Garcia (R) to help distribute supplies and “help amplify needs and solutions.”
The fundraiser kicked off the same day Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) faced widespread criticism and calls for resignation after he was spotted boarding a plane at destination from Cancun, Mexico, when his home state was in crisis. He quickly returned to Texas on Thursday after booking an early return ticket. He is said to have planned to stay in Mexico until Saturday.
Dozens of people have died in Texas since Sunday as massive winter storms hit the region.
Millions of homes and businesses across the state have been without power for days as single-digit temperatures increased demand for heat while freezing most of the state’s energy infrastructure.
While most of the state’s electricity has been restored, many still suffer from a lack of clean water due to damaged pipes that carry the water supply.
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