Houston is on the road to recovery after winter snowstorm Uri. There were many different relief efforts in the city from celebrities and public figures alike.
One fundraising effort was spearheaded by New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Over the course of just a few days, she was able to raise over $4 million, which was distributed among local organizations.
“You already have so many families in the state and across the country on the brink that they can’t afford an emergency to begin with,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Houston Chronicle. “This can set people back for years, not just days.”
Winter storm Uri wreaked havoc on the state of Texas, causing fatal tragedies for the young and the old and leaving millions without power for multiple days. Some are still waiting on safe drinking water.
On the steps of the Houston Food Bank Saturday morning, Ocasio-Cortez made a statement.
“Disasters don’t strike everyone equally,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We need to make sure that we make short and long-term policy decisions so that this devastation, preventable devastation, never happens again.”
Jessica Hulsey of Houston talks to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after giving her a tour of her neighborhood where some Houston homes were damaged by the winter storm on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.
Elizabeth Conley/Staff photographer
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To help with the fundraising effort, the New York congresswoman was joined by Texas representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Sylvia Garcia, who helped to fill boxes with food at the Houston Food Bank.
Ocasio-Cortez relief effort began on social media last Thursday. According to Matthew S. Schwartz at NPR, within two hours the fund received $325,000 in donations.
We just hit $4 million!
Reps. Sylvia Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee & Al Green of Houston are doing incredible work w/ local relief organizations to get emergency relief to Texans.
Today we went to food distributions, water delivery sites, and home tours of impacted Texans. pic.twitter.com/5QzIgYvz8L
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 20, 2021
By Saturday, donations surpassed $4 million and surpassed $5 million by Monday.
One last update (I think!): We just hit $5 million raised for Texans across the state.
Thank you ALL for your collective action when people need it most.
Charity can’t replace policy, but solidarity is how we’ll face climate change and build a better world. ?’?🏽🌎
Thank you 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/RzdgXllXoS
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 22, 2021
The donations received from Ocasio-Cortez’s relief effort will be distributed to multiple relief organizations in Texas, including food assistance, homelessness relief, and eldercare.
U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, from left, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee wave to volunteers as they make their way to their work station at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.
Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
Source : chron.com