AOC Raises More Than $1 Million for Blizzard-Battered Texas

Winter Storm Uris has snowballed into the most expensive natural disaster in Texas state history. Several days of power disruptions due to an obsolescent electrical grid and crumbling infrastructure left millions of homes without heat or safe drinking water, and food banks are struggling to meet the overwhelming demand.

Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Images

On Thursday evening, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) partnered with five organizations in launching a fundraising campaign to provide relief for Lone Star residents.

The donation website states:

Nearly 3 million households across Texas are still without power – and more snow and ice is expected in the coming days.

The Bridge Homeless Recovery CenterEnding Community Homeless Coalition (ECHO)Family EldercareHouston Food Bank, and Feeding Texas are working around the clock to assist houseless, hungry and senior Texans in Travis and Dallas County, and beyond.

AOC announced the effort on Twitter.

“Team AOC is launching relief efforts for Texas starting today. 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. 100% goes to them,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

By 7:30 p.m., with more than $325,000 already having been donated, AOC upped the ante.

“Holy smokes. Our Texas relief mobilization has already raised $325k for food, housing, elder care & direct relief straight to vulnerable Texans. This might be a little crazy… but can we raise $1M by midnight?” wrote AOC. “I feel like I should do something if we hit $1M in Texas relief. What should it be? (Don’t be weird pls)”

AOC created a raffle for “One (1) signed AOC 2018 poster, one (1) AOC 2020 T-Shirt, and one (1) Green New Deal Mug” to celebrate the million-dollar milestone. Anyone can enter to win.

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