The hazardous storm that hit Texas has left many people without power or heat. Jim McIngvale, better known as “Mattress Mack,” opened up the doors of his Gallery Furniture stores in Houston and Richmond, Texas, to give those in need shelter from the storm.
“Least we could do is open this furniture store to let people come into a warmer place,” Mattress Mack said to KHOU-TV. “Sofas and plenty available TVs, plenty of available mattresses, plenty of available and lots of hot food.”
According to poweroutage.us, 185,000 businesses and homes had no electricity as of Friday. Hundreds have gathered in his stores, grateful to escape the cold and have access to electricity. It’s expensive for McIngvale to keep the power going in his stores and to feed hundreds of people, but he’s more than willing to pay the cost if it means helping others.
“We all have a responsibility for the well-being of the community and we think this is our responsibility,” said McIngvale.
This isn’t the first time McIngvale has lent a helping hand during a natural disaster. He also converted his Gallery Furniture stores into shelters when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017 and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Many individuals and families are getting through the storm in Texas because of McIngvale’s kindness. Stephanie Anderson, 29, and her 8-year-old son Jaden were without power or water in their home and found refuge in one of McIngvale’s furniture stores.
“I’m just thankful that we’re here and we’re warm,” Anderson said to ABC7. “If we didn’t come here, I’m afraid we would still be at home.”
McIngvale says that he’ll keep his stores open as long as he’s able, and they’re needed. He also assures that Texans will persevere, as they’ve faced worse than this before.