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Give Mattress Mack the Medal of Freedom for his support of Harvey victims

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It's time to formally recognize Jim McIngvale, also know in the Houston area as "Mattress Mack" of Gallery Furniture, for his selfless contributions to the city of Houston and the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters in Texas.

According to Wikipedia, "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian award of the United States. It recognizes those people who have made 'an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.'"

In August of 2017, in the midst of unprecedented flooding in Houston and surrounding areas, Mr. McIngvale shared his personal cellphone number in a  video and opened the doors to his two furniture showrooms to evacuees, their pets, and National Guardsmen, providing food and shelter, as well as a safe and comfortable place to sleep.  Clothing, toys, shoes, and towels were provided to anyone in need.  He also provided portable showers.

He sent delivery trucks, which are higher than other vehicles, to collect people needing help.  His message on Twitter simply said, "Our GF N FWRY & GF Grand PKWY stores are open for those in need. If you can safely join us, we invite you for shelter and food. God Bless."

He's also been quick to recognize that his employees are a big part of the relief effort, and give credit to those who are working hard for the evacuees.

At this time in our country's history, we need to recognize those who go above and beyond.  Mack has been a part of Houston's culture for over thirty years, and has positively impacted the people of Houston.  

Senators Cruz and Cornyn, please help us in honoring Mr. McIngvale.

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