‘Mattress Mac’ opens Houston furniture store as a shelter

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    James F. McIngvale, the owner of a Houston furniture store known as “Mattress Mac”, watched his fellow Texans with cold and hunger, with little shelter from a winter storm that devastated the state and dropped electricity to millions of people was.

    In the same way as he did during Hurricane Harvey and other storms, 70 years old Mr. McKinwale opened his doors and people came.

    Since Tuesday, thousands have traveled to Mr. McKingale’s gallery furniture, to spend some time, to rest, in better times, to potential customers who come for a better time. Square feet of showroom. For the last two nights, 500 people have chosen to spend the night, he said.

    For now, in this impregnable shelter, needy people can eat food or food donated by Mr. McKinwale. Kids playground furniture in kids playground. Masks and hand sanitizer stations have been exposed as a precaution against coronoviruses, another threat that Texans are struggling with as they face freezing temperatures, power drainage and lack of clean drinking water.

    “We are free enterprise for profit,” Mr. McKinley said in an interview on Thursday. “But at the end of the day, I will be judged by how much difference I make, not how much profit I make.”

    Mr. Mackinagwale and his wife started a furniture shop on Houston’s North Freeway about 30 years ago with an investment of $ 5,000. He He said he was inspired by his Catholic faith.

    “When my people are dying and it’s cold, I’m going to take care of them,” he said. “He comes before profit every time.”

    Mr McKinwale said that the store for electricity is using a large generator, although he said electricity had slowly started coming back on Thursday. Using the toilet can be a challenge for running without water, he said, but the bucket water was brought from an outside source to flush the toilets.

    48-year-old Rosie May Williams, who said she is homeless, tried to seek refuge at a convention center earlier this week, but was told it was over capacity. She Was moved by bus to the furniture store, and one of those two nights has slept for the last two nights on a recliner, eating smoked chicken for dinner.

    “They are very good for me,” she said.

    Mr McKinwale said that those who had chosen to stay organized themselves as volunteers, emptied the trash and looked after others, ranging from very young children to older adults in the 90s .

    “We’ll be open as long as people need us,” he said.

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