Gallery Furniture in Houston has turned two of its stores into shelters for Hurricane Harvey victims displaced by unprecedented flooding.

The store's owner, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, invited Texans in need to come to his store on Monday.

“If you can safely join us, we invite you for shelter and food,” McIngvale tweeted. “God bless.”

Known affectionately in Texas as Mattress Mack, McIngvale is known for his generous acts of charity — and not just in times of crisis like Texas finds itself in right now.

McIngvale appeared on CNN's “New Day” on Tuesday morning and revealed he is happily providing food and shelter to roughly 300 to 400 people at each Houston store.

“If we can do that and make their lives a little easier as they try and get things back together, then maybe we've done something right in our lives,” he added.


Gallery Furniture's gracious move comes as Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen are being bombarded with harsh criticism for not immediately opening the 16,000-seat megachurch for Harvey victims. The church initially said its facility was “inaccessible.”

However, it appeared Tuesday that Lakewood Church would soon be opening its doors to serve as a shelter for flood victims. The church said in a statement:

We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center for those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives.

Photos also emerged that seemingly showed the church preparing to open its doors.

So far, at least nine people have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which caused apocalyptic-like flooding in Texas, according to The Washington Post.

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