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Abilene hotel welcoming evacuee families as they escape Harvey's destruction

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ABILENE, Texas - Several evacuee families are sleeping in warm beds in Abilene.

A north Abilene hotel is welcoming them as they escape Harvey's destruction.

The Emerald Inn Expo on East Highway 80 is currently housing six evacuee families, and they're expecting 15 to 20 more.

"They're safe," said Katie Suydam. "I can get them in a warm bed and a roof over their head. It makes me feel good. It really does. It makes the whole staff feel really good that we're able to help them."

Here they're offering evacuees discounts on rooms and free toiletries and personal hygiene items.

The hotel is also in touch with the Salvation Army in Abilene. They're also housing evacuee families, and they say they're in need of blankets. So, the hotel has loaded up 300 of their blankets to donate to the Salvation Army.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve," Suydam said. "I try to help everybody I can, and you just put good in and just hope you get good back."

KTXS was supposed the meet up with one of those families traveling from Pasadena Tuesday.

Unfortunately they had car trouble and spent the evening trying to get their truck towed.

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