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Houston furniture store opens as shelter for flood victims

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National Guard troops rested at a Gallery Furniture store in Richmond, Texas between their rescue missions during Tropical Storm Harvey. (Credit: Jim McIngvale, Gallery Furniture) National Guard troops rested at a Gallery Furniture store in Richmond, Texas between their rescue missions during Tropical Storm Harvey. (Credit: Jim McIngvale, Gallery Furniture)
A Houston-based furniture store transformed two of its locations into shelters to support hundreds of people displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey. (Credit: Jim McIngvale, Gallery Furniture) A Houston-based furniture store transformed two of its locations into shelters to support hundreds of people displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey. (Credit: Jim McIngvale, Gallery Furniture)

(MEREDITH) – A Houston-based furniture store transformed two of its locations into shelters to support hundreds of people displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey.

When floodwaters started to force families out of their homes on Sunday, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale posted an online video offering food and shelter for his fellow Houstonians.

“We’ve got lots of beds, we’ve got lots of food, we’ve got lots of water and you can even bring your animals,” he said in the video.

More than 300 people showed up to each Gallery Furniture store, and by Monday night McIngvale announced one location had reached capacity. The other location was still accepting those still in need of shelter.

Heartwarming photos shared on social media show families sleeping on mattresses, recliners, sofas and loveseats. National Guard troops also rested at one of the stores between their rescue missions.

His daughter, Laura McIngvale-Brown, posted one of those heartfelt photos on her Facebook page showing a woman holding a little girl as they slept in a chair.

Along with the photo, McIngvale-Brown shared an endearing message to her father: “Dad, it doesn't surprise me (that) you opened the stores to our fellow Houstonians, you would give your last breath for another, but it still amazes me how selfless you are.”

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McIngvale said he’s done this before – during flooding in Houston last year and when Hurricane Katrina made landfall 12 years ago.

"We did this during Katrina, and we had a couple hundred people stranded for a couple days," he told CNN. "We have tons of mattresses in our warehouse and we can provide everyone with a blanket.”

More than 17,000 people have sought refuge in Texas shelters after five days of torrential rain submerged Houston and surrounding areas.

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