170,000 Sign Petition To Dedicate Day For Person Who Opened Doors For Evacuees

In the midst of Hurricane Harvey, a call to unify has been more prevalent than ever before. As families continue to seek for shelter, and residents look for hope, willing citizens are doing what they can to provide assistance.

In the spirit of Luke 6:38, which states, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you,” Jim McIngvale decided to turn his two gallery furniture showrooms into evacuation shelters, ABC News reports.

In order to gather citizens, McIngvale, also known as “Mattress Mack,” used a 24-foot box truck that could get through five to six feet of water. His team were able to get about 200 people to shelter. In total, about 400 people have taken advantage of him opening his stores for shelter. It has also been used as a temporary residence for National Guard members deployed in the area.

As a result of his heroic gesture, a petition has been created to make August 26 “Mattress Mack Day.”

Photo Credit: ABC News

Here is a portion of the petition, which can be viewed on the Change.org website.

“During Hurricane Harvey he turned the key to his locations and opened them up as Shelters. This man is a Houston icon that deserves to be remembered forever. Signing this petition will help us get what he deserves August 26 is to be declared as Mattress Mack Day in Houston.”

So far, more than 170,000 people have signed the petition.

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