Houston businessman Jim McIngvale, known as “Mattress Mack,” put his Texas-sized heart on display when he provided food and shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees and members of the Texas National Guard.
McIngvale — who did the same thing during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — posted messages on Facebook and Twitter, inviting anyone in need to seek food and shelter at his furniture stores. Jim said pets are also welcome.
“We have food, beds and clean restrooms for anyone in need,” Mattress Mack wrote on Facebook, where he provided the addresses to two Gallery Furniture locations. Stay safe, God bless you and your family and may God bless Texas.”
On Twitter, he wrote: “If you can safely join us, we invite you for shelter and food. God Bless.” McIngvale also dispatched his own delivery trucks and rented additional moving trucks to rescue Houstonians stranded across the city.
Unfortunately, all this was necessary because Houston’s idiotic Democratic Mayor, Sylvester Turner, refused to issue an evacuation order, in defiance of Texas’ Republican Governor, Greg Abbott. Score another “victory” for the “liberal Resistance.”
McIngvale has a history of helping people in need. The longtime philanthropist donates roomfuls of furniture to people in need every Christmas, and has helped local Texas charities for decades. Contrast this to the hollow virtue-signaling of most Hollywood celebrities who pay lip service to Harvey victims with useless hashtags.
“We were going to rescue people because there was so much need,” he told San Antonio 5 News (video below). “The city and the local authorities did a great job, but they just couldn’t get to all the 911 calls.”
McIngvale is doing what he can to help a terrible situation, and invited anyone who needs food and a warm, clean bed to his stores. “Think [of it as] a slumber party on steroids,” he said.
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