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WBZ Cares: How Filmmaking Helps PHA

Project Home Again (Photo Credit: Project Home Again/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling Project Home Again in Lawrence which turns houses into homes by providing low-income families with new and gently-used household goods so they can live with comfort and dignity.

Project Home Again founder Nancy Kannell says movie companies filming in Massachusetts help them out.

“We get sometimes between 100 and 300-thousand dollars’ worth of furniture and home goods in a year from the movies. When they are filmed in Boston and break set, they give us basically, and with some other charities as well, the contents of their set,” Kannell stated.

Volunteer Sue Coneeny on the stuff they get from movie sets.

“And they will be everything from boxes of shampoos that they had to stage a beauty salon. The clients come in and they can just take beauty products. We’ve had a lot of that. We have gotten lampshades, art work, it’s endless what they donate. I can’t believe what they buy,” Coneeny said.

Kannell says movie donations are unique, “So when things come in from the movies its, we call it a treasure hunt. From Ghostbusters, a lot of the stuff had cobwebs on it, but we could clean it up and it was really nice.”

They use some of the donated items to raise money.

“The majority of those contents go to our clients, but in some cases we are actually able to sell some of them. We have a booth at the Canal Street Antique Mall in Lawrence,” said Kannell.

Coneeny says movie companies also come to them looking for items for their sets.

“Little Women bought the stuff that we had. We have all these old books that came in, and that’s all 1800s and they need that kind of stuff in the background,” Coneeny said.

Kannell says moviemakers have been very generous, “These people from the movies, they have the biggest hearts. They are so good to us, they’re so kind.”

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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