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Shark Reef Resort helps Harvey victims

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PORT ARANSAS - Hurricane Harvey left many without a home and food to eat. But Shark Reef Resort in Port Aransas, is helping Harvey victims get back on their feet.

Mary Ellen Salg, a manager at the hotel, is doing whatever she can to help those in need.

"I've made sure that anything that they need, they have that," Salg said. "If they need something scanned, or a red cross paper filled out, I've been the one to help them with that as well... And then I've also made sure if they need a ride to anywhere, I've been the one to give them a ride."

A Harvey victim herself, she knows what it's like to be displaced. But she's putting all that aside to give back to her community.

Robert Young, a tenant of Shark Reef Resort and displaced resident of Aransas Pass, said he's thankful for all that she's done.

"She's a fantastic lady," Young said. "She's done a lot for everybody. She breaks her back to make sure everybody gets what they need."

Salg even makes sure her tenants are fed. Because of her efforts, Red Cross stops by twice a day for lunch and dinner, to feed the tenants of the hotel.

On top of that, she also makes sure her tenants have a roof over their head. 

Every day she is on the phone with FEMA for about six hours. She even gets updates on her tenants FEMA status, and tells them if their hotel stay has been extended.

"I'm just doing what's right," Salg said. "These people are displaced, they have no one to help them. And I've tried to step up and help them any way that I can. I know if they didn't have me, I'm not sure where they would go."

RaeAnne Reed, another Shark Reef Resort tenant and displaced Port Aransas resident, spoke very highly of Salg.

"I was out on the streets. I had nowhere to go with my cat," Reed said. "And she made sure she got me in. I love this lady. God bless her. If anybody ever needs any help, this woman is willing to give it."

Salg said Shark Reef Resort will only be available for residents of Hurricane-hit towns including Port Aransas, Rockport, and Aransas Pass.

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