When Jim McIngvale woke up on Sunday morning, his home was filled with about two to three feet of floodwater. Once he was able to get out, the popular furniture store owner — better known as “Mattress Mack” — headed to work and saw the devastating damage and impact that Hurricane Harvey already had on Houston.
McIngvale said the community has always supported him in the toughest of times. In 2009, someone lit his warehouse on fire that resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of damage.
He said supporting Houstonians during this tragic time is his way of giving back. Currently, there are hundreds of adults and children at two of his stores.
McIngvale said he is providing free breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the evacuees.
“I was raised as a Catholic. I continued my Catholic faith throughout my life, trying to do the right thing and hopefully, you do the right thing and help people along the way,” McIngvale said. “Sitting in a perfectly normal house one day and then, 10 minutes later you’ve got three feet of water in it. So, it’s very stressful and we’re trying to help them out because they’ve done so much for us over the years,” McIngvale said.
He’s also, largely known for his philanthropy. He’s given to numerous charities. For more than 20 years, he’s donated rooms full of furniture to families in need for Christmas.
McIngvale has provided shelter to people once before. He helped hundreds of evacuees who fled New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.
Currently there is a petition to make August 26 “Mattress Mack Day” in Houston which already has more than 100,000 signatures! After reaching its goal of 150,000 signatures the petition will be passed along to the City of Houston.
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