AOC doubled her fundraising total for Texas storm victims to $4 million, as she joined fellow lawmakers in Houston to continue relief efforts

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Sylvia Garcia load boxes at their work station at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday. Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle/Pool via Reuters

As New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez volunteered at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday, her fundraising effort for Texans suffering after a severe winter storm climbed to $4 million.

On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez had said the fundraiser reached $2 million, up from $1 million the day before.

Late Saturday, she said it doubled again. "We just hit $4 million!" she wrote on Twitter.

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Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday joined Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Sylvia Garcia, and Al Green in Houston.

—Rep. Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia) February 20, 2021

A winter storm last week hit the southern US, leaving millions without power.

Texas, which has its own electrical grid, was among the hardest-hit states. Storm-related damages could near $50 billion in Texas, according to an estimate provided by AccuWeather CEO Joel Myers.

About 2.7 million households in Texas lost power during the storm, according to The Texas Tribune. On Saturday, about 60,000 still were without power, NBC News reported.

The Houston Food Bank was working to put together about 30,000 boxes of food in two days, Ocasio-Cortez said on Saturday.

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Jackson Lee, Ocasio-Cortez, and Garcia speak with the media during a visit to the Houston Food Bank. Go Nakamura/Reuters
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Garcia, Ocasio-Cortez, and Jackson Lee wave to volunteers as they make their way to their work station at the Houston Food Bank. Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle/Pool via REUTERS
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Ocasio-Cortez elbow bumps a volunteer at the Houston Food Bank. Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle/Pool via Reuters
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Texas Rep. Penny Morales Shaw joins Jackson Lee, Ocasio-Cortez, Garcia as they load boxes. Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle/Pool via Reuters
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Ocasio-Cortez talks with homeowner Sandali Ramirez, alongside Garcia and Green. Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle/Pool via Reuters
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Garcia, Ocasio-Cortez, and Green look at water damage during a tour of homes that affected by the winter storm. Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle/Pool via Reuters

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