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Despite all the horribleness caused by Hurricane Harvey, the storm has also given the world a chance to watch local heroes show off the best in humanity. One example can be seen in the generosity of Texas business giant Jim McIngvale (AKA Mattress Mack).
McIngvale is the owner of Gallery Furniture Stores, and his vibrant personality and local advertising campaign have made him a familiar face to many in the state. For the last few days, McIngvale got involved with storm rescue efforts by transporting refugees in his delivery trucks and opening his showroom to anyone seeking shelter.
“We said ‘to hell with profits, let’s take care of the people,'” McIngvale said in an interview with ABC. “That’s the right thing to do, that’s the way I was brought up.”
Towards the end of the segment, an 84-year-old evacuee got emotional when she told McIngvale she spent her 84th birthday at the furniture store. And in true McIngvale form, Mack gifted the woman a mattress for her birthday.
McIngvale’s stores are full of refugees and National Guard servicemen, and he says he’s not at all worried about making sales once the flooding subsides. Between McIngvale’s kindness and local donations of food, dry towels and medical supplies, a lot of people are giving thanks to the good samaritans who helped them find comfort while they rest on the store’s couches and beds.
“The water started to come in the house and it was coming in so fast we had a matter of time to get out of the house,” survivor Verlencia Grace said to CBS. “We thank Mr. Mack for opening up his doors to us, because we didn’t know where our next meal was going to come from, or our clothes on our back.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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