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Amber Childres

Local Girl Scouts deliver encouragement, cookies to Mattress Mack

Mattress Mack with Girl Scouts at Gallery Furniture re-openingHOUSTON (July 2009) – Houston-based furniture giant Gallery Furniture re-opened its doors on July 4, a month after a fire burned down its warehouse facility. As a token of friendship and encouragement, a group of local Girl Scouts from San Jacinto Council delivered Girl Scout cookies and milk to store owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and his staff on the Monday that followed opening weekend.

McIngvale has a long, well-respected trajectory for his charitable contributions and service to the community, and local Girl Scouts felt inspired to share words of appreciation and support. Some of the girls have been personally affected by Mattress Mack’s generosity. During Hurricane Ike, he brought in lunch daily and had a truck deliver shorts, t-shirts and hats for girls and their families.

Girl Scouts meet Gallery Furnitures mascots, a pair of monkeysDuring their visit to Gallery Furniture, the girls accepted a warm welcome from Mattress Mack, and even had a chance to play with some of the store’s furry mascots, a pair of adorable monkeys! Mattress Mack took a moment to pose for photographs with the girls for news cameras, igniting laughter among staff and customers when he happily smiled with a Girl Scout Lemonade cookie in his mouth.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit