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Displaced Families Find Shelter at Local Furniture Stores
Displaced families find shelter at local Gallery Furniture stores due to flooding caused by Harvey.
Displaced kids play while sheltering at Gallery Furniture on August 30 in Richmond, Texas. The furniture store opened as a shelter housing as many as 350 people in an area being constructed as a museum of American industry.
Owner Jim McIngvale, better known as Mattress Mack, threw open a couple of his stores to anyone in need, offering food, clean bathrooms and, of course, luxury bedding.
"If this is what you call a shelter, I might not want to go home," said 47-year-old India Jackson, who marveled at the silky pillowcases, the $1,000 mattresses and the atrium with its live ocelot and colorful macaws.
Gabe Worley makes a phone call from his living area at a shelter at Gallery Furniture. Worley evacuated his Missouri City home Monday in anticipation of the Brazos River flooding his neighborhood as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
To relieve evacuees' stress, employees direct them to a meditation area, with soft music and a thousand-gallon fish tank with sharks, stingrays and exotic fish.
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