HOUSTON, Texas (KRIV) - While many Houstonians are still facing rising water, others have seen the waters recede only to face a clock that has begun to countdown to mold, mildew and other dangerous conditions.
Gallery Furniture is collecting cleaning supplies to donate to those in need to begin the vital process of cleaning up their homes and places of business.
All Gallery Furniture locations, I-45 North (between Tidwell and Parker), Post Oak in the Galleria area and Grand Parkway in Richmond are accepting donations of cleaning products including:
If you have donations to provide, you may take them to the Gallery Furniture locations below:
"Recovery is the next phase Houstonians face and we want to make sure they have the proper supplies they need to make their homes safe if possible until the insurance companies can assess the damage," said Gallery Furniture Owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale.
All products will be distributed by Gallery Furniture or relief organizations in the coming days. For more information, please visit: galleryfurniture.com.
Earlier story below:
The man known best for his outrageous fun-themed commercials is extending his generosity to his beloved but now suffering Houston community.
Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, opened his flagship store, on the North Freeway between Tidwell Road and Parker Road exits, to Houston-area residents who were forced to evacuate from their flooded homes as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Gallery Furniture has provided food, water and mattresses to help shelter the evacuees. He says the store has been home to about 800 per night for the last three nights.
"Houstonians have a safe, dry place to take shelter at Gallery Furniture so if they can get here they are welcome," said McIngvale. "We hope to give them some comfort in this incredibly difficult time."
McIngvale is also using his vehicles to help those in need. He says all day on Sunday, they used their 24-foot box trucks that can get through 5 or 6 feet of water to rescue area residents, including two women and their five children from an apartment.
"We have a responsibility for the well-being of our community, so in times like this you have to say to say to hell with profits and you have to put people first. It's about putting people first that made us successful and will keep us successful. If we take care of the people, they'll take care of us," he said.
This isn't the first time Mattress Mack opened the store for evacuees.
"We've done this before. We had 200 people for two nights when Hurricane Katrina sent all the Louisiana evacuees to Houston," he said.