Houston native Jim McIngvale, is better known as “Mattress Mack,” and is the owner of Gallery Furniture, in Texas, but has become a local legend after he stepped up during Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the Texas coast earlier this year, left thousands homeless, and McIngvale didn’t hesitate to step up to the plate, opening his stores as relief shelter for hundreds of people.
Now, this iconic American hero is back at it, and this Thanksgiving, has prepared a feast for up to 20,000 Houstonians to enjoy, with over 2,400 pounds of turkey and ham, and says he just wants to “bring some more joy to the people of Houston.”
McIngvale says his inspiration for the Thanksgiving feast came during Hurricane Harvey, when he and his wife witnessed total strangers bonding over meals together, which he called “one of the great times of our lives.”
“The best time of the day was when they all had dinner together,” said “Mattress Mack,” who pointed out that while Texans are resilient, they still face a long and arduous rebuilding process, and many are still struggling to survive.
“The one requirement for anyone to come out to the Gallery Furniture feast today, is you got to have a good appetite, cause lots of great food is going to be there today,” said McIngvale, who proved, once again, that the American spirit is alive and well.