Mattress Mack honored by former President Bush

For the first time ever former President George H. W. Bush nominated a recipient for the Point of Light award
December 23, 2013 4:44:15 PM PST
For 23 years, the Points of Light Foundation has recognized Americans who volunteer their time and resources. On Monday, a Houstonian received a Points of Light award, and though thousands were honored before him, this honoree has a singular distinction.

The winner is a familiar face to Houstonians.

"Jim McIngvale doesn't do anything small or halfway. When he gets involved in something, he is all in," Points of Light Foundation Chairman Neil Bush said.

Mattress Mack was honored with the 5,115th Daily Points of Light Award.

"It's very much of a huge honor. I couldn't believe it when they called and told me about it a couple of weeks ago. It's a huge honor to get this award from President Bush and the Points of Light and Neil and all they do," McIngvale said.

Mack was honored for his charitable contributions to mental health, children, education, the military and the underprivileged. The owner of Gallery Furniture is the first-ever recipient nominated by the man whose idea it was to recognize Points of Light -- former President George H. W. Bush.

"I felt so strongly about Jim and what he's done that I got involved. He is a unique individual and compelled me to get into the act more," President Bush said.

"You deserve every bit of it and much, much more. All of Houston and Texas is grateful to you," former First Lady Barbara Bush said.

"There's an unbiased kind of approach that we have at Points of Light. There are applications submitted. We have a team of people review those applications. There's a certain standard that you have to meet in order to get the recognition," Neil Bush said.

It's a recognition Mack seemed almost uncomfortable receiving, but one the foundation was honored to bestow.

When the Points of Light Foundation was started in 1990, 30 million Americans volunteered their time helping others. Now there are an estimated 65 million.

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