Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., raised $3.2 million for relief efforts in Texas as of Friday night before visiting Houston to help in the recovery effort.
“I think this shows that New York stands with you, but the whole country stands with you,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a press conference outside a food bank, where she spent the morning volunteering.
Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, who represents the Houston area and joined Ocasio-Cortez Saturday, praised the congresswoman for her efforts. “That’s, that’s pretty big even for Texas sizes,” Garcia said of the $3.2 million raised.
The funds raised by the progressive lawmaker will go toward 12 food banks and relief organizations, including the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, Family Eldercare, Feeding Texas and the Houston Food Bank, according to the donations page.
“Charity isn’t always a replacement for good governance, but we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday.
Ocasio-Cortez, Garcia and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who also represents the Houston area, distributed supplies to help the millions of Texans lacking basic necessities in the wake of a record-breaking winter storm that has left at least 46 dead in 10 states, the majority in Texas, and millions across the country without heat, water or electricity.