With a showroom floor full of furniture and only a few days left before his store closes for good, Hubbard Furniture owner Marcus Hubbard donated his remaining items to the victims of Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday.
Hubbard gave a variety of new and used items, including television sets, beds, appliances, couches, dressers, tables and even his beloved ping pong table. The items were picked up by a Salvation Army team and will be distributed to residents in Southeast Texas with homes damaged by the flooding from the hurricane.
“I just got to thinking, ‘Why not help the poor people down there?’” Hubbard said. “And I know the Salvation Army is full of good people and they do good work helping folks.”
In June, Hubbard announced the closing of his store, which has sat on Denison’s Main Street for 69 years and has been operated by three generations of the Hubbard family. With plans to hand the keys over to the building’s new owner by Oct. 1, Hubbard said he needed to move out his merchandise, but he wanted to do something good with the items.
Harvey struck Texas’ Gulf Coast on Aug. 26 as a Category 4 storm, dumping a total of more than 50 inches of rain on the Houston area and killing more than 60 people. Southeast Texas saw extensive flooding as a result of the hurricane and hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged by the flood waters.
“Many homeowners have lost everything,” Salvation Army Texas Divisional Communications Director Philip Burn said. “I know in Beaumont and the Golden Triangle area, where there’s still extensive flooding, we’re hearing many, many stories where people have two and three feet of water in their homes.”
Hubbard said rather than trying to sell his remaining pieces, he was glad to give them to those who are trying to rebuild their homes after the storm. As he sat at the his office desk, Hubbard looked across the room at a photo of his father and grandfather, taken shortly after they opened the business in 1948. After 54 years of working at the store himself, Hubbard said it was tough to say goodbye to the business, but felt his donation was a great way to end his family’s legacy.
“I think my grandad would be pleased and I think my father would be pretty proud,” Hubbard said.