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Man dresses up as Spider-Man to cheer up children in Houston hurricane shelter

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A man dressed up as Spider-Man to visit kids displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, according to multiple reports. (Image source: Twitter video screenshot)

As Texans displaced by Hurricane Harvey gathered in the George R. Brown Convention Center, one man decided to cheer up the children by giving them a superhero.

Stef Manisero, a reporter at Spectrum News Austin, posted videos on Twitter of a man dressed up as Spider-Man visiting with kids on Tuesday.

In one video, “Spider-Man” gives a sticker to a child and says, “There you go. Now you’re on Spidey’s team, you’re a good guy.”

“Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man making kids smile,” Manisero wrote.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a man at the convention center passed out stickers in a Spider-Man suit and “immediately attracted a circle of squealing children, soon joined by several men shyly asking to pose for photos.”

The Times reported that the convention center, built for 5,000 people, is currently sheltering about 10,000.

MaryJane Mudd, a local spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, told the Times, “This is a crazy difficult moment."

"We have enough basics to get people off the street,” she said. “We won't turn anybody away. But there's not enough. We're over capacity. We planned for weeks, but even then, this is rough.”

(H/T: The Hollywood Reporter)

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