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AOC raises $5 million in Storm Relief

At a press conference at the Food Bank L-R: Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) & Sylvia Garcia (Allan Jamail photo)

Historic Texas Ice Storm Victims Receive Aid From New York Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Houston’s Food Bank (HFB) President and CEO, Brian Greene welcomed and introduced Congresswomen Sylvia Garcia, New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), and Sheila Jackson Lee to the facility. He said the HFB is a non-profit organization and the nation’s largest food bank in the United States by size and distribution; providing access to 159 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas.

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia told how New York’s 14th Congressional District Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) contacted her and said she’d like to help Texas’ ice storm victims. Garcia invited AOC to Houston so she could visit the HFB and see how they provide meals year-round to the needed. She said about one in four children in our area are at-risk of hunger. Kids must have consistent nutritious food for the body, mind, and spirit in order to be successful. Garcia told of how AOC began raising funds to aid the ice storm victims. The first day, AOC quickly raised over a million dollars, so she then decided to continue raising donations. On the second day, the day before her trip to Houston, AOC had raised over two million, and Saturday, on the day she arrived here, AOC had raised 3.2 million dollars. After leaving the HFB, Garcia’s took AOC out to some Houston communities to visit and see first-hand how devastating the brutal storm struck millions of people.

President Biden tours Houston Relief sites

TOUR of the Harris County Emergency Center included L to R, Mayor Turner, Governor Abbott, President Joe Biden, and HC Judge Lina Hidalgo, explaining the details of operation in the emergency center.

HOUSTON – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Houston last Friday, February 26 as Harris County slowly recovers from the winter storm and power and water outages.

The president was greeted at Ellington Airfield when he landed by a delegation including Mayor Turner, Governor Abbott, and Congresspersons Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee. They met with Gov. Greg Abbott at the FEMA vaccine super-site at NRG around 5 p.m. Friday. This will be Biden’s last stop after touring several locations, including the Houston Food Bank and the Harris County Emergency Management Center.

Biden earlier surveyed damage and recovery efforts following the deadly winter storm.

Woman survives brain bleed thanks to Emergency Corps

Pauline Cras recovers from a Brain Bleed and Heart Attack in the hospital. (HCEC photo)

Pauline Cras Survived a Brain Bleed and Heart Attack

On February 22, at 2:00pm at Harris County Emergency Corps (2800 Aldine Bender, Houston), Pauline Cras will meet the healthcare heroes who saved her life following a brain bleed and cardiac arrest.

Pauline Cras today,
recovered from medical

For 27 year old Pauline Cras, she is considered miracle by her family and many healthcare workers. Pauline and her family were not given a chance for survival. For five weeks, she was in a coma with a brain drain, breathing tube and feeding tube. Physicians found a 4mm aneurysm and drilled a hole in her skull to release pressure.

Philippe Cras, Pauline’s father, credits Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) for saving her life on September 21, 2020.

“Doctors were saying Pauline had 0% chance of survival,” said Philippe Cras. “But her mother kept saying she was going to live.”

She woke up in early November. She arrived home in time for Christmas. She is starting to look like herself again.

Cras said, “First we prayed for total peace and now we pray for total healing. She was given a second chance, and she is asking frequently if she can meet the people who saved her.”

METRO offers Late-Night custom rides

A variety of vehicles will be used to provide the custom Connector service

HOUSTON – METRO is now offering “Custom Connector” service in three North Houston areas, including Kashmere. The service is known as the Kashmere Community Connector.

The service provides personalized, curb to curb transportation in a defined zone within Northeast Houston, north of Interstate 610 and east of U.S. Highway 59/Interstate Highway 69. METRO picks you up, and then drops you off at your intended destination. Community Connector vehicles connect you with METRO’s larger transportation network at anchor points within the zone. For instance, your “first mile” of traveling may be on a Community Connector between your residence and the Kashmere Transit Center, where you transfer to another METRO service. Your “last mile” of traveling may be on a Community Connector between the Kashmere Transit Center and your residence.