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How to help those affected by the winter storm and power crisis in Texas

Jenna Bush Hager sent her love to her home state of Texas and shared how to help after a deadly winter storm caused massive power outages and damage.
/ Source: TODAY

The power is slowly coming back on in Texas on Friday, but the catastrophic effects of the state's worst winter storm in decades are still being felt.

Millions were without power for days amid single-digit temperatures, with many people posting photos and videos on social media of bursting pipes, icy home interiors and furniture being burned for heat.

More than 12 million residents have also had their water service affected, with many water systems issuing notices for residents to boil their water. That has also resulted in grocery stores with long lines and few bottles of water remaining on the shelves.


Texas is the beloved home state of TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager, who sent her love to the people back home on Thursday and also and shared some additional ways to help people.

"We want to just send our thoughts down to Texas," Jenna said on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna. "The last couple days have been really, really difficult."

"I think people are easy to make jokes like, 'Texas, they can't deal with 2 inches of snow or whatever,'" Jenna said. "They're not prepared for weather like this. The houses weren't built, the pipes weren't built (for this weather).

Jenna, who grew up in Dallas and Austin and graduated from the University of Texas, shared some resources on Instagram Thursday for those looking to help people in need in Texas.

She suggested donations of food, clothing and water to the Salvation Army in Texas. Jenna also posted the hashtag #LoveThyNeighbor, which is being used to support the Austin Area Urban League in helping people with shelter and hotel rooms.

"There are so many ways we can help," Jenna said. "I've been so inspired, and also it wasn't a surprise to me, by neighbors that are checking in on their older neighbors, by people that have taken in people with newborn babies because they have electricity and they don't."