Hurricane Ida relief supplies welcomed

Basketball and PALs Team Up for Donations


After the unfortunate events surrounding Hurricane Ida, Coach Michael Stengar springs into action and joins Jim McInvale, known as “Mattress Mack” of Gallery Furniture to lend a helping hand.

The Jersey Village basketball team and PALs, Peer Assistance and Leadership club, donate loads of supplies to Mattress Mack in hopes of helping the victims of Louisiana. 

“We focused our donations on cleaning supplies, toiletries, and non-perishable food items. We were not taking any money, “ Stengar said.

Every good deed has a meaningful motive behind it, and Mattress Mack’s was not any different. 

“We sent 15 Gallery Furniture truckloads of supplies donated by Houstonians initially and to date, have sent 79 in total,” Mack said. “There are more scheduled.”

With Hurricane Ida making landfall twice as a Category 4 hurricane along the Gulf Coast shoreline in Louisiana, it just happened to be on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“We know a thing or two about bad weather here in Houston and how it can impact us. That’s why so many people were willing to help out,” Stengar said.

As a state that is constantly under attack during hurricane season, helping our neighbors is the least we can do.

“If this situation comes again, which we know is likely to happen, we might just see if we can get more people on board,” Stengar said.

With hurricane season in full swing and still a month to go, focusing on relief is a familiar story as Texans and Louisiana residents are aware. When a storm hits, a community reaches out and helps. 

“It’s why we do what we do. It was neat to see students feel good about themselves and their good deeds at work,” Stengar said.