• Clint Engel

Mattress1One donating $350,000 in cash and bedding for Harvey victims

The storm hits home for two co-owner Salem brothers

ORLANDO, Fla. — Top 100 company Mattress1One, hard hit by Hurricane Harvey, has pledged $350,000 in cash and bedding to help Texas storm victims.

The retailer said it will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross benefiting victims of Hurricane Harvey. In addition, it’s donating more than 1,000 mattresses and box springs, valued at over $300,000 to shelters and churches in need throughout the affected areas of Texas.

Shelters in need can contact caitie@mattress1.com for help.

The retailer noted how Harvey has dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas of Southeast Texas, leading to unprecedented flooding, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimating that “30,000 people will be displaced from their homes and will need shelter and accommodations.”

“Mattress1One understands that many of those displaced will need long term shelter due to the damage done to their residences,” the company said in a release.

The retailer said that two of its Salem brother owners are long-time Houston residents, and “they had never witnessed a storm this destructive.”

“This is by far the worst storm I’ve ever witnessed,” co-owner Madhat Salem said, adding, “We understand that our beautiful city will take a long time to recover, and we will be continuously searching for ways to help in the recovery.”

Orlando, Fla.-based Mattress1One has more than 300 U.S. locations, including 135 stores in Houston and throughout Southeast Texas, in many of the hardest hit Texas communities.

“As it stands we currently have 30 stores that are closed due to extensive damages,” co-owner Maged Salem told Furniture Today Thursday. More than 60 stores were flooded, he added. At least one location, in the Houston suburb of Rosenberg, is still unreachable, he said.

“We were forced to shutter our entire operation starting last Friday through last night,” Maged Salem said. “We maintained contact with our employees throughout the ordeal to ensure their safety and to make sure that they had enough supplies,” though some have lost their automobiles and faced flooding in their homes.

“We are still assessing damages to the remaining locations,” estimating that the storm-damaged stores could open within three weeks, assuming the roads are accessible.

“Even though we have been affected, we understand that we are not unique. Our entire greater Houston community has been affected, and we want to help them recover as we attempt to recover ourselves,” Maged Salem said.

“We love this city, and its residents, and we are certain that even though this is a great tragedy the spirit of the people will overcome it.”

Clint EngelClint Engel | Senior Retail Editor, Furniture Today

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