Gallery Furniture's 'Mattress Mack' praised for heroism in Harvey's wake

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Friday, September 1, 2017
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'Mattress Mack' opened his stores to residents displaced by the flooding.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- For years, Houstonians have heard him emphatically tell potential furniture buyers, "Gallery Furniture saves you money!"

This week his swift decision to open his stores to flood evacuees could very well have saved lives.

His unconditional care of his fellow Houstonians in the wake of Harvey has exposed Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale to national attention.

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His actions prompted a call for "Mack" to be honored with a proclamation in his honor.

A petition is seeking 150,000 signatures to proclaim August 26 Mattress Mack Day in Houston.

"During Hurricane Harvey he turned the key to his locations and opened them up as Shelters," the petition stated. "This man is a Houston icon that deserves to be remembered forever."

The petition also calls for "Mack" to receive a key to the city.

The petition was a little under 30,000 signatures from its goal late Thursday morning.

Mack's goodwill has won fans all over social media.

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