U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, helped raise around $4.7 million for winter storm relief in Texas this past weekend.
The Democratic representative joined the fundraising efforts last Thursday when around 4 million Texans were left without power or clean water to face the unprecedented winter storm lashing the state.
“Our first major relief effort was last year when COVID hit and so we were able to build a disaster relief and fundraising operation and we cut our teeth on that with COVID but that was in our home district, and so before that, we had mobilized for Hurricane Maria relief but that was before I was elected as a member of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez said to CNN. “I think this is just something that we should be able to do whenever there is an area in our country that’s in need.”
The congresswoman even took a trip to Houston on Saturday to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank. She was accompanied by fellow Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Sylvia Garcia. “Disasters don’t strike everyone equally,” Ocasio-Cortez said while working at the food bank. “When you already have so many families in the state and across the country that are on the brink, that can’t even afford an emergency to begin with, and you have a disaster like this, it can set people back for years, not just for days.”
Her commitment to the people, even for those who don’t even live in her district is worth noting, especially when Texas elected officials, such as Senator Ted Cruz, AG Ken Paxton, and State Rep. Gary Gates chose to leave the country for a sunny vacation instead of looking for ways to offer some help to their constituents.