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Olympic Committee To Donate Wood from Winter Games

Olympic Committee To Donate Wood from Winter Games

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 22 - Millions of square feet of building materials went into creating venues for this year’s Winter Olympic Games. Next week, when the games are over and workers dismantle platforms, staging areas and buildings, the materials will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International to build homes with families in need in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah.

The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games 2002 decided to donate most of the materials to Habitat, the world’s largest nonprofit home-building organization, to help a good cause.

“We’re pleased it’s going to a place where it will be used so well,” said Grant Thomas, the senior vice president of venues/transportation for SLOC. “It’s going to create opportunities for people to have homes of their own and to have adequate shelter.”

The donation was the brainchild of the organizing committee and semi-retired Salt Lake City businessman Ken Lamé. “I saw a need and I tried to do something about it,” Lamé said.

“The Olympics is all about competition and winning,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “With a plan like this, everybody will win, especially the families who need a simple, decent, affordable place to live.”

The building materials being donated include hundreds of thousands of square feet of plywood, pre-hung windows and doors, along with countless 2x4s and 2x6s. Statistics show more than 57,000 people live below the poverty level in Salt Lake City. The affiliate is planning a 16-home neighborhood, with construction slated to start next month in Magma, Utah. It will be called Millard Cove.

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.