Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raises $2 million in under 24 hours for Texans
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat, New York) has helped raise more than $ 2 million in less than 24 hours to help relief the state of Texas, devastated by the deadly winter storms this week.
Ocasio-Cortez announced Thursday evening that she has partnered with several charities in Texas and encouraged millions of Twitter followers to donate money to help Texans suffering from widespread blackouts, water shortages and freezing temperatures.
While the number of homes and businesses without electricity has dropped dramatically since the storm struck Texas last weekend – from more than 4 million at its worst to nearly 200,000 now – the state is still mired in crisis.
We’ve now raised $2 MILLION in relief for Texans & are adding more orgs.🙏🏽
I’ll be flying to Texas today ✈️ to visit with Houston rep Sylvia Garcia (@LaCongresista) to distribute supplies and help amplify needs & solutions.
Let’s see how far we can go: https://t.co/4PQkp4gG9v
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 19, 2021
More than 14 million Texans suffer from disruptions to the water service and do not have access to drinking water.
Bursting pipes damaged water in several buildings, including a domestic violence shelter in Dallas, whose roof collapsed, dumping freezing water on more than 120 women and children.
As reported by The New York Times. In the past few days, at least 30 people have experienced weather-related deaths, according to the Washington Post.
Many died from desperate and dangerous efforts to warm their homes, including an 11-year-old boy, presumably caused by hypothermia.
It was against this backdrop that Senator Ted Cruz decided he deserved a tropical getaway and slipped off to Cancún on Wednesday night with his wife and daughters.
After word spread that the senator was slinking off on an extravagant vacation amid a humanitarian crisis in his state, though, he headed back home.
While Cruz claimed in a statement that he always intended to return on Thursday morning, the evidence that has since emerged indicates otherwise.