Pres. Trump says "we see the strength of the American spirit" in Mattress Mack

Houston's own Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, received presidential recognition on Friday.

President Trump was speaking in Washington, D.C. at the Values Voters Summit, an annual conference held for American social conservative and Christian activists.

The president talked about "Mattress Mack" as he shared stories of heroes in the recent tragedies that rocked the nation -- Hurricane Harvey and the Las Vegas massacre.

"When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, a local furniture owner known as Mattress Mack decided he had to help," the president said. "When the rain began to flood the streets of the city, he sent out his furniture trucks to rescue the stranded. He brought them back to his store, gave them a food and  clean, dry place to safe, even if it meant ruining countless dollars worth of furniture. Mattress Mack said, 'My faith defines me. We can’t afford for people to lose hope.'"

The president said Mattress Mack and Vegas Police Officer Brady Cook are examples of the "strength of the American spirit."

During Hurricane Harvey, Mattress Mack received international attention for his generous service and hospitality to the Houston-area community that was affected by the devastating flood waters.

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