Airbnb host waives cost for Jacksonville family that evacuated due to Irma

One family from Jacksonville, Florida is feeling “very grateful” to have a stranger’s shelter over their heads in New Albany, Indiana, after evacuating from the storm, despite driving more than 750 miles to get there.

Xeryus and Letroi Miller, along with their two children, two dogs and Xeryus Miller’s brother, were running out of options for a place to stay out of Irma’s path of destruction, until they came upon Brandon Thompson’s Airbnb listing much farther north than they ever imaged they’d have to travel.

“We were searching for days,” Letroi Miller, 28, told ABC News of the difficult time they had finding a place with room for them. “At first we were going to go to Atlanta because it’s not far from Jacksonville. We looked on Airbnb but we couldn’t find anything. Everything was gone and anything that was available, the prices were really, really high. It was also really hard because we have our two dogs with us, but we weren’t going to leave them behind.”

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Brandon Thompson waived his New Albany, Indiana, Airbnb fee for the Miller family who evacuated Jacksonville, Fla., due to Irma.

She said they continued to search for Airbnb listings in Alabama, Tennessee and even Kentucky, but “couldn’t find anything” so that’s how they ended up in Indiana. Now, they are thrilled with their decision.

Thompson, owner of the dance studio So IN 2 Dance, located below his condo where the Millers are staying, waived the cost of his Airbnb listing for the exhausted family.

“They said things were kind of tight with them not knowing what was going to happen, and he’s in the Navy, he’s military, so it just seemed like the right thing to do,” Thompson, 40, said. “I was in a position where I could do it easily, and I knew it would make a big difference for them. It just felt right.”

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Brandon Thompson waived his New Albany, Indiana, Airbnb fee for the Miller family who evacuated Jacksonville, Florida, due to Irma.
Brandon Thompson waived his New Albany, Indiana, Airbnb fee for the Miller family who evacuated Jacksonville, Fla., due to Irma.

The fee for the three-night stay was supposed to be $692 for the Millers. They are overcome by Thompson’s generosity and said his two-bedroom condo has “been awesome,” especially for their young children who both have autism.

“We were so happy. I was speechless to be honest,” said Letroi Miller. “It’s…

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