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Furniture Store Feast

A Thanksgiving meal was held at the same store used as a shelter post-Harvey

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A furniture store owner in Houston who transformed his business into a shelter after Hurricane Harvey is now opening his doors once again to host a Thanksgiving feast for thousands.

Many in the Houston area are still homeless after their houses were devastated by the storm. But Jim McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, made sure he was ready to host anyone who wanted to join on Thursday.

Houston's METRO even participated in the cause and offered free rides to and from the meal.

Houston TV station KTRK reported that McIngvale expects around 8,000 guests at his feast on Thanksgiving Day. A spread of traditional Thanksgiving platters as well as more unconventional fare will be available. Texas country singer Jericho Burley, who lost his Beaumont home in Harvey's floods, will also provide entertainment.

Over 47,000 Texans are still living in hotels with vouchers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Many more are estimated to have left the state altogether after losing their homes to floods earlier this year in the wake of Harvey.

McIngvale hopes to keep the spirit of the holidays alive with yet another gesture for those still recovering from the storm.

"The essence of living is giving," he said, "and that is what we like to do."

Our affiliate KTRK and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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