Furniture Store Opens Its Doors to Flood Refugees and Their Pets

Posted by Jason Sarna
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When a category 4 hurricane strikes the great state of Texas, Mattress Mack comes to the rescue.

Houston resident and Gallery Furniture owner Jim McIngvale -- aka Mattress Mack -- has opened both his stores to people and their pets.

Mack may have made a name for himself selling furniture and acting in television commercials alongside Chuck Norris, but it's his legacy of giving that will leave a permanent impression.

"I'm worried about these people. I'm worried about the business, I'm worried about the community," he said.

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Mack is not only offering people and their pets a place to stay, but he's also providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the evacuees.

Mack estimates it costs $30,000 to $40,000 to keep his stores up and running through the crisis.

"We can afford that and what we can't afford is to cause these people to lose hope, we got to give them hope," Mack said. "This is what my parents would have done."

Mack's record of community service doesn't stop with Hurricane Harvey. Each Christmas his business provides furniture for families in need. He also donates furniture to make over teachers' lounges in area schools.

In 2005, Mack housed 200 of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees in his store. Several Katrina victims, like Jerry Burke, landed jobs.

"Katrina blew me in. Lost everything. Didn't know where I was going to go, what to do and I came here and talked to Mack and he sent me to HR and the rest was history. Furnished my apartment. Gave me everything that I needed to survive plus a job. Totally life changing for me and my family," Burke said.

Even though the upcoming Labor Day weekend is an important one for his business, Mack isn't kicking anyone out.

"We're going to keep these folks here for as long as they need to be here. They may be here three days, they may be here seven, who knows. We're here to help and that's what we do, that's who we are," Mack said.

Unfortunately, Gallery Furniture has recently announced that it is at capacity, but there are other shelters taking people and pets as well. If you are looking for ways to help, click here for more information.

Have you ever helped people in need? Let us know in the comments section below!

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