My Person of the Week: Mattress Mack
The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston has caused many of us to come face-to-face with the humanity that which we are expected to live by. Scores of people, from celebrities to everyday citizens are coming together to donate money, time and resources to aid those affected by the storm.
One such participant is local businessman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. When the storm hit McIngvale took to Facebook to announce that two of his stores will be open for those seeking refuge. Of course he didn’t have to this. He could’ve followed the lead of a certain celebrity pastor from the same city, who tried to do his part by asking citizens to donate money through his establishment.
- More on that clown at a later date, for now we’re all about happy thoughts =) -
Thanks to McIngvale almost a thousand people have a place to stay as they wait out the storm and prepare to pick up the pieces in the recovery process that lies ahead. On "A More Perfect Union" segment aired by CBS he explained that he is part capitalist, part social worker who’s trying to give hope to people in their time of need. “This is what my parents would’ve done,” he said tearfully. McIngvale has provided refuge for those affected by natural disasters in the past, including Hurricane Katrina.
For whatever it's worth, tragic moments like this are an opportunity for people to make a difference. Especially those who are in a position to give back. It sets a great example of what it means to be a leader, and person who exhibits the love and care that acknowledges that we are all peas in a pod. What a class act.