Furniture Store Opens Doors as Shelter for Harvey Victims
A Texas furniture chain said it is "thrilled" to open its doors as a shelter to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
When Jim McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture woke up to Hurricane Harvey's devastation, he decided to welcome those flooded out of their homes into his two Houston stores. The stores temporarily hold about 400 survivors so far, and McIngvale has posted pictures on Twitter and said more people are welcome.
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
McIngvale said it "broke his heart" when a 7-year-old girl came in with her parents at about 1:30am and tearfully asked if they could stay there.
McIngvale's Twitter banner says, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”
Houston got the brunt of the flooding from over 30 inches of rain after Hurricane Harvey dissipated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reported around 30,000 displaced residents, with rescue groups working through the night since Saturday to rescue those stranded.