As Texans continue to face power outages and water contamination issues in the wake of the winter storm that hit the state last weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised $2 million in under 24 hours.
“Team AOC is launching relief efforts for Texas starting today,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Thursday. “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.” The New York Congresswoman promised to direct 100% of donations towards The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Ending Community Homeless Coalition (ECHO), Family Eldercare, Houston Food Bank and Feeding Texas.
After her fundraiser saw overnight success, collecting $2 million in under 24 hours, she thanked Rep. Sylvia Garcia for her support and promised to visit Texas this coming weekend. Former Texas congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was instrumental in the effort, amplifying Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts and coordinated volunteer efforts to support seniors in Texas in need of water, food and shelter.
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (TX-D) also supported Ocasio-Cortez’s fundraiser on Twitter, alongside his own fundraising effort which raised over $100,000 for Feeding Texas food banks.
Celebrities have also participated in fundraising efforts, including Texan singer Kacey Musgraves, football player Michael Huff, and actress Brooklyn Decker. As millions of Texans continue to battle power, food and water insecurities, these donations are desperately needed. There has been massive property destruction, and at least 20 deaths have been attributed to the storm across Texas.
Many social media users have noted the contrast between these philanthropic initiatives and the actions of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (TX-R), who faced widespread controversy after taking a flight to Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday. He has since described the short-lived vacation as a “mistake.”