McIngvale has always been known to be charitable. Each year he gives away furniture to families in need during the holidays. But now his philanthropy has been called to meet a new challenge.
The business invited “anyone in need of shelter who can safely navigate out of their neighborhood” to his stores in the Houston area for “dry shelter, food and more,” he said in a Facebook post where he also shared photos of children playing on mattresses and others sitting on his furniture. Approximately 300 to 400 people have taken him up on his offer at each location.
McIngvale is not afraid to put himself out there to get a little media attention for his business. According to Esquire, he’s been known for his attention-getting store promotions like once betting (and losing $4 million) to his customers that the Houston Astros couldn’t win 63 games (McIngvale was turning 63 that year…and they won 70) and on the 2016 presidential election which reportedly cost him another $10 million. But this is no PR stunt. It’s truly a gesture to help his fellow community members in a dark time for the city.
“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,” McIngvale said.