Here’s what Ellen DeGeneres had to say about Houston’s Mattress Mack
One of Houston’s feel good stories about winter storm Uri was recognized on national television for feel good. Ellen Degeneres invited Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale on their wildly popular Ellen show on February 24th to honor the beloved furniture dealer for his work of giving heartfelt support to hundreds of Houstonians during the worst storm.
With its two locations, McIngvale was able to accommodate around 700 locals and serve 4,000 meals.
“He is the definition of an American hero,” announced DeGeneres in her introduction to McIngvale, who performed virtually, adding that he was “great” and a “great guy”.
Describing the catastrophic events and his immediate response, McIngvale noted that he “woke up with snow and ice everywhere” on Monday, February 15, and quickly called Mayor Sylvester Turner for permission to run his business as a Open storm protection. Turner advised McIngvale to wait until the streets were safer. Mack opened the shelters on Tuesday, February 16.
When DeGeneres asked why relief and assistance are so important to him, McIngvale replied that his parents raised him on the idea that “the essence of life is giving,” adding that he is always in the community to serve a crisis and who “wants to be. act first. “It is our responsibility to take a leading position in the community,” he added, interrupted by applause from the audience.
McIngvale noted that he and his businesses are still working: A recent grocery disbursement line at the Houston Food Bank was “three to four miles long” and the crisis “has only just begun.”
DeGeneres agreed, then announced that Shutterfly had donated $ 20,000 to McIngvale’s GoFundMe efforts. It revealed a ubiquitous grand check which was received with applause from the audience and McIngvale.
This is not the first time McIngvale has been recognized nationwide for his help in the Houston area. In 2017, locals will remember that McIngvale opened its stores to thousands of victims of Hurricane Harvey and even directed its staff to pick up stranded residents in their cars or homes.