Displaced Families Find Shelter at Local Furniture Stores – NBCNews.com

Displaced kids play while sheltering at Gallery Furniture on August 30 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.

Owner Jim McIngvale, better known as Mattress Mack, threw open a couple of his stores to anyone in need, offering food, clean bathrooms and, of course, luxury bedding.

“If this is what you call a shelter, I might not want to go home,” said 47-year-old India Jackson, who marveled at the silky pillowcases, the $1,000 mattresses and the atrium with its live ocelot and colorful macaws.

Charlie Riedel / AP


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