Hurricane Harvey Update: The Good That Comes With The Bad
"Mattress Mack" McIngvale, Houston furniture store owner, has turned two of his stores into shelters and has organized volunteers and trucks to rescue fellow Texans from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.
"We had several Penske rental trucks, 24-foot trucks that you can get in any flooded street," he said Monday. "We sent volunteers out in Houston picking up people."
Now, there are 400 children, adults, and their pets living at his two stores. To top it off, McIngvale and his army of volunteers are also providing free breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the evacuees.
McIngvale, who has been in business for more than 35 years, is no stranger to giving. In fact, he is known for his philanthropy, he has given to numerous charities for more than 20 years and donating rooms full of furniture to families in need at Christmas time.
He also opened his doors during Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. McIngvale helped 200 evacuees who fled New Orleans, providing shelter in his store.
In 2009, someone lit his warehouse on fire, which resulted in millions of dollars' worth of damage. Houston customers kept him in business, which is why he doesn't hesitate to help his community in need. "It's very stressful, and we're trying to help them out because they've done so much for us over the years," says McIngvale.
Story Credit: USA Today