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People displaced by Hurricane Harvey shelter at Gallery Furniture Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A Houston businessman opened his furniture stores to Harvey flood victims


Jim McIngvale, known as "Mattress Mack", has opened up his two Houston-area stores to flooding victims, our affiliate WKRC reports.

McIngvale estimates he has nearly 800 people staying in the two stores, including 75 National Guard officers and military.

Mattress Mack gave his personal cell phone number out on TV and he says it's been ringing off the hook. Not only has he provided people a place to stay, he sent out his delivery trucks to rescue stranded people.

He's also providing shelter to people's pets.

Why does he do it? "I do it because that's the way I was raised up. I was taught that it's better to give than receive. Although I'm a capitalist, I'm probably more of a social worker at heart. "

McIngvale gives his employees the credit. He says they've been doing great work and he's just the spokesman.

Mattress Mack also housed people displaced by Hurricane Katrina twelve years ago.

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