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Massive Houston Furniture Store Becomes Shelter as Owner Welcomes Harvey Survivors

A large Houston furniture store and showroom has become a temporary shelter as its eccentric owner has welcomed survivors of Tropical Storm Harvey.

CNN spoke with Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture just outside Houston, who announced that his two furniture locations had taken in some 800 evacuees.

McIngvale, described by CNN as “known throughout the Houston area not only for his zany commercials but his generosity,” even gave out his personal cell phone number and said that he has “more capacity” in his Richmond, Texas facility.

Around 300 evacuees “are taking refuge in the 160,000-square-foot showroom of the Gallery Furniture store just outside of Houston,” CNN reports.

McIngvale told CNN he had been using their large furniture delivery trucks to rescue people from high water.

“All day on Sunday we went around rescuing people out of high water stranded on overpasses. We brought about 200 people into the store that way,” he said.

Per CNN, the evacuees “have their pick of hundreds of brand new sofas to lounge on, and for as long as they want.”

“Sleeping soundly in the mattress room next to the evacuees are about 60 National Guard troops,” CNN reports. “They rest in between shifts of rescuing Houstonians from dangerous floodwaters.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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