Instead of coming back from a seashore trip to Mexico this weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a few photographers helped distribute bottled water Saturday to Texans who nonetheless do not have potable water per week after an unusually lengthy and frigid winter storm floor the state to a halt. On Sunday, Cruz posted images of himself slicing brisket and posing with uniformed legislation enforcement officers, for Houston firefighters and different first responders.
While Cruz was out within the all of the sudden heat Houston sunshine — and enduring even extra mockery for his short-lived Cancun getaway, this time on SNL — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was persevering with to boost cash for Texans and, on Saturday, distributing meals on the Houston Food Bank with Reps. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
On Sunday evening, she reported that her fundraising effort, launched Thursday, hit the $5 million mark.
One final replace (I feel!): We simply hit $5 million raised for Texans throughout the state.
Thank you ALL in your collective motion when individuals want it most.
Charity can’t exchange coverage, however solidarity is how we’ll face local weather change and construct a greater world.
Thank you pic.twitter.com/RzdgXllXoS
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 22, 2021
The funds AOC raised will go to meals banks round Texas, Feeding Texas, Family Eldercare, and the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, and different nonprofits, Houston Public Media reviews. Cruz had some useful data for Texans, too, by way of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Along with the nice and cozy climate melting the snow, Texans largely have their energy again — all however about 18,000 Sunday evening, down from greater than four million final week — and water service is coming again on-line, usually with orders to boil it earlier than consuming. At least 32 individuals Texans died from the storm, together with an 11-year-old boy in Conroe, Christian Pavon, who was discovered useless of suspected hypothermia after two nights in an uninsulated trailer along with his household.