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  • The New York Democrat announced she was raising money for Texas relief organizations Thursday.
  • By Friday morning, she helped raise $2 million.
  • Ocasio-Cortez also had plans to fly to Houston Friday to meet with Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D) to help distribute supplies and “help amplify needs & solutions.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has helped raise more than $2 million in less than 24 hours to help bring relief to the state of Texas, which was devastated this week by deadly winter storms. 

On Thursday evening, Ocasio-Cortez announced she was partnering with several Texas charities and encouraged her millions of Twitter followers to donate money to help residents in Texas reeling from widespread power outages, water shortages and freezing temperatures. 


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“Team AOC is launching relief efforts for Texas starting today,” the New York Democrat tweeted Thursday evening. “Our first effort is a partnership w/ 5 Texas orgs getting on-the-ground relief to Texans ASAP. If you’re able, please donate here - it’ll split your contribution to all 5.” 

By Thursday night, more than $1 million had been raised, and by Friday morning, the charities raked in more than $2 million. The funds are being split between The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Ending Community Homeless Coalition, Family Eldercare, Houston Food Bank, Feeding Texas and several other charities. 

Ocasio-Cortez also had plans to fly to Houston Friday to meet with Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D) to help distribute supplies and “help amplify needs & solutions.” 

The fundraiser was launched the same day Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) faced widespread criticism and calls to resign after he was spotted boarding a plane to Cancún, Mexico, while his home state was in the middle of a crisis. He quickly flew back to Texas on Thursday after reportedly booking an early ticket home. He had reportedly planned to stay in Mexico until Saturday. 

Dozens of people have died in Texas since Sunday as massive winter storms slammed the region. 

Millions of homes and businesses in the state went without electricity for days as single-digit temperatures increased the demand for heat while freezing most of the state’s energy infrastructure. 

While most of the power in the state has been restored, many are still experiencing a lack of safe drinking water due to damaged pipes that carry the water supply. 


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Published on Feb 19, 2021