A #HoustonStrong Year After Hurricane Harvey
August 28, 2018 · 3 min read
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Hurricane Harvey managed to destroy so much of our city. However, perhaps more than any other event within living memory, it made us even stronger than we were before. As a community, we came together to prove our commitment to the place we call home and our neighbors.
Hurricane Harvey’s Effect on Houston and Surrounding Areas
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, every person in the Greater Houston Area (along with many others) was affected in some way by the storm.
Hurricane Harvey’s Effect on Houston’s Small Businesses
Hurricane Harvey took a major toll on our local economy and many small businesses suffered.
Effect on Texas Mattress Makers
The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey was very difficult for our local business as well. We were forced to close our own doors for several days following the disaster due to the storm. On top of this, we found ourselves grappling with the consequences of a storm on this scale: increased costs.
Due to the lapse in the supply chain, rising transportation costs, and surge in demand, mattress components would see price increases across the board. Foam alone, for example, would rise four times within a 6-month period. Innersprings would also rise in cost as the steel industry struggled to cope with demand. We soon found ourselves struggling to maintain the low prices our customers enjoy inside our showrooms.
Thankfully, as a manufacturer with 30 years in the industry, we were able to negotiate hard with our suppliers to provide pricing relief for our customers. In addition to keeping our prices low despite these increases, we assisted our community as much as possible. We made several donations to struggling families and offered special pricing for those affected by the storm. We are proud to do our small part, but we know our community needs time to recover. With this in mind, we continue to offer pricing assistance to those still recovering from this devastating event.
#HoustonStrong in the Face of Disaster
Hurricane Harvey destroyed so much of our city. However, perhaps more than any other event within living memory, it made us even stronger than we were before. So many people saw the devastation to their homes that would ultimately wipe out their life’s savings. And yet most people would decide to stay. As a community, we came together to prove our commitment to our neighbors and the place we call home.
Houston Children’s Charity, our sister charity, teamed up with Astros shortstop Carlos Correa to form Harvey Children’s Relief fund. Together with many generous businesses, organizations, and individuals, they were able to raise $500,000 to provide 5,000 beds to families affected by the storm. Missions on Wheels was able to deploy its first disaster relief trailer to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. These trailers provide a shelter for emergency response teams and were equipped with mattresses provided by Texas Mattress Makers.
We are so proud of the efforts of Houston Children’s Charity, Missions on Wheels, and the other organizations which mobilized to meet the needs of our city. Our community pulled together to prove that in the face of disaster, we are not just able to rebuild. We are truly #HoustonStrong.
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