Gallery Furniture in Houston quickly transformed from an exhibition hall to a shelter for those displaced by Hurricane Ida.
Jim McIngvale, also known as Mattress Mack, is the owner of three Gallery Furniture stores, and this isn’t the first time his North Houston location has welcomed people following a disaster – earlier this year the store opened its doors to people in need of food. and shelter after a severe winter storm that hit Texas. When Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana on August 29, McIngvale began gathering supplies to send to New Orleans, loading dozens of his trucks with water, food, and generators.
Just two days later, essentials were on their way to Louisiana, and McIngvale was preparing to send even more trucks of supplies to the state. “Louisiana helped us during Hurricane Harvey, so it’s the right thing to do to help our neighbors,” McIngvale said. The Washington Post. He also wanted to help those who came to Houston after Ida damaged their homes, and about 50 families and individuals sought refuge at Gallery Furniture.
“They’ve seen their lives turned upside down, and we’re going to do everything we can to help them,” McIngvale said. Ana Lee, her husband, and their children were among those who came into the showroom after their rental home in Destrehen, Louisiana was destroyed by Ida. “I really have to take my hat off to the kindness of Mattress Mack for helping so many people,” she told the To post. “It’s a pleasure to meet someone with a good heart.”