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Harvey Victims Flooded with Acts of Kindness

Harvey Victims Flooded with Acts of Kindness

photo credit: Time.com

Natural disasters are unfortunately a part of our world. When one strikes, human nature kicks in for the people in its wake, causing them to react from their heart. Recently, Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas with 51 inches of rain and sent 32,000 people to seek refuge in area shelters. 

It’s amazing how many Personal Heroes have emerged from the devastation, reaching out to help friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers.

Without missing a beat, one furniture store owner, Jim McIngvale or “Mattress Mack” as he is known, opened his arms and his doors to area victims in need of shelter with the following tweet:

Full story: Time.com

It didn’t matter that his own home was under several feet of water, McIngvale opened his stores to more than 400 fellow Houstonians, where he welcomed them to sleep on the brand new furniture. In addition, he sent ten to 15 of his delivery trucks to rescue more than 200 flood victims. McInvale doesn’t know how long his Houston neighbors will need his help, he said he will keep his stores open as long as necessary. That is a true testament of a great person, putting others in need ahead of himself and his business.

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When a teenage boy needed surgery to prevent permanent damage, paramedics used a fire truck to get him to the local hospital. Meanwhile, the boy’s doctor, Dr. Stephen Kimmel, left his own flooded home to travel through the night by pick-up truck, canoe, and finally reaching the hospital after walking a mile through waist-deep water.


Full story: News Channel 3

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When Pizza Hut manager, Shayda Habbib, went to check on her Sugarland, Texas store after the storm, she heard that people in her area were running out of food. She asked her husband to gather all the kayaks he could and bring them to the restaurant. Meanwhile, she gathered some family members and a small crew to make pizzas and help with deliveries. They took to the floodwater in the kayaks to deliver 120 hot pizzas to flood victims throughout the neighborhood.

Full story: News Channel 3

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Every day more harrowing stories of Personal Heroes come to light, often putting their own safety at risk to make a difference in the lives of others – including people and animals.

Everyone who hears these stories may react differently, they may bring a tear to your eye or give you goose bumps. Hopefully, they will restore your faith in the Personal Heroes who make a positive impact on our communities and our world, and inspire others to become Personal Heroes.




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