About 300 other evacuees are taking refuge in the 160,000-square-foot showroom of the Gallery Furniture store just outside of Houston. The store’s entrance is filled with neatly folded towels, shoes, clothes and toys donated by locals. Owner Jim McIngvale , already a local hero welcomed hundreds of people looking for refuge into two of his Gallery Furniture stores. Initially volunteers were using the store’s furniture trucks to drive around Houston and pick up people in need of shelter.
“We sell home theatre furniture that you watch TV in, they’re sleeping on that” Mr McIngvale told NPR.
“They’re sleeping on recliners, sleeping on sofas and love seats. We have sleeper sofas, they pulled them out and slept on that.
“They’re sleeping on hundreds of mattresses throughout the store. They’re sleeping on the couches — wherever they can find a place that’s comfortable, and God bless ’em.”
Our GF N FWRY & GF Grand PKWY stores are open for those in need. If you can safely join us, we invite you for shelter and food. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/IHHgjKmjMY
— MattressMack (@MattressMack) August 28, 2017
The hurricane, which hit Texas on Friday evening, has left 18 confirmed dead in its wake. The ensuing floods have displaced tens of thousands in the Houston area and authorities have had to rescue around 13,000 from the rising waters. This isn’t the first time Mr McIngvale has come to attention for his philanthropy. He made similar offers of aid to families who came to Houston after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.