Houston’s “Mattress Mack” companions with Kroger to ship Hurricane Ida emergency provides to Louisiana

HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) – A Houston furniture store owner known as “Mattress Mack” was collecting emergency supplies from people in the Louisiana community for survivors of Hurricane Ida.

Gallery Furniture teamed up with Kroger on Thursday morning for a “send-off” event. The Houston Police Department escorted about 15 truckloads out of the parking lot.

Earlier this week, Mattress Mack gathered a group of volunteers to unload cars with supplies onto 26-foot articulated trucks.

Supplies donated include bottled water, personal care products, toiletries, diapers, children’s items, cleaning supplies, non-perishable groceries, smaller building items, generators, pet food, and more.

Hurricane Ida left destroyed power lines and no cell phones, rubble, damaged buildings and limited access to essentials.

“We are setting up a warehouse in New Orleans as the central distribution center for all of these deliveries. So we are here with the great help of so many Houstonians. Bringing products to the people of Louisiana hit by this devastating storm, “said Mack.

Business owners say it’s a community-wide effort and the focus right now is getting people through one of the worst hurricanes since Katrina.

Once these trucks arrive in LaPlace, Louisiana, a crew unloads relief supplies at a warehouse. This facility will then be responsible for distributing these resources to families in need.

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