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Hollywood Studios Donating Film Set Materials to Habitat for Humanity

Richard Verrier - The Los Angeles Times
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May 8, 2013
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Abel Martinez of Pico Rivera sifts through bins of goods while shopping at Habitat for Humanity Restore. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

When the upcoming comedy "The Hangover Part III" wrapped production in January, Warner Bros. was left with tons of used plywood, joists, furniture, faux brick and other materials from the film set.

But instead of hauling the leftovers to the landfill, the studio donated the items — enough to fill 10 truckloads — to the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, to be sold in Habitat's stores in Gardena and Norwalk. The proceeds supported the organization's mission of building and renovating homes for the needy.

... Habitat generated some $700,000 in revenue last year from merchandise donated by studios and film producers, making the entertainment industry one of the single largest sources of revenue for the Habitat stores. An additional $100,000 in donated materials was used by Habitat to build or renovate homes.

... "The entertainment industry is one of our largest sources of donations and it continues to grow," said Karen Moore, donations acquisitions manager for the organization. "We're happy to create an outlet for these items to be used and recycled. It has become a key source of funding for us."

It's a mutually beneficial partnership.

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