Houston’s Mattress Mack and Lakewood Church Open Doors to Hurricane Ida Refugees, Send Truckloads of Supplies
In the wake of Hurricane Ida’s devastating toll on New Orleans, Houstonians are stepping up in a big way to help relief efforts with collection drives as well as places for the displaced to stay.
In tandem with the Michael Berry Show, other Houston-area businesses, non-profits, and prominent citizens, Gallery Furniture’s Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale—legendary for his past storm relief efforts—is once again a leading force behind one of the collection drives.
“Well, we did it during Katrina and, you know… lots of sofas and anybody needs a place to stay,” McIngvale told KPRC News. “It’s just the right thing to do.”
In addition to offering shelter for evacuees (anyone with a Louisiana ID will be welcomed) and collecting goods, McIngvale is scouting a location for a distribution warehouse from which to disperse the truckloads of relief supplies once they arrive in Louisiana.
In the meantime, for anyone in the Houston area wishing to contribute, donations can be dropped off at the Gallery Furniture 6006 N. Freeway location. The collection will run through Wednesday, September 1st until 5:30 p.m. The items most needed are:
Feminine care products
Books, games, puzzles, and activities for families with children
Houston’s Lakewood Church is also holding a collecting drive and opening its doors to offer shelter for those impacted by Hurricane Ida.
“We are preparing to help the people coming from New Orleans and Louisiana… We want them to know that Lakewood is open if they need a place to stay. We’ll accommodate as many as we can safely,” Pastor Joel Osteen told KPRC.
The church collection drive will run through Tuesday, August 31st until 6 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the white tent in front of the 3700 SW Freeway Circle Drive/Timmons Street location. Items most requested are bottled water, cleaning supplies, and diapers/baby wipes.
The Houston Astros Foundation is also hosting an emergency supply drive at Minute Maid Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Donated items, to be transported by Crane Worldwide, will go directly to Louisiana communities impacted by Hurricane Ida.
The drive will accept the following:
Laundry detergent and bleach
Hygiene products (toothpaste, shampoo, soap)
Baby products (including diapers and wipes)
Curbside donations can be dropped off at Crawford Street at the Union Street entrance. For each donation, fans will receive two free tickets to the September 6 Astros game versus the Seattle Mariners (two tickets per vehicle while supplies last).
For anyone else wishing to help relief efforts for those impacted by Ida, McIngvale has also set up a GoFundMe campaign.
(WATCH the KPRC video about this story below.)
Featured photo: Gallery Furniture/Facebook
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