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'Sparkle' Props Donated To Local Habitat For Humanity

DETROIT (WWJ) - The Detroit chapter of Habitat For Humanity recently got a surprise donation from Sony Studios – but this wasn't cash or check.

The nonprofit received props from the set of "Sparkle," the late Whitney Houston's last movie, which it will sell at its two Detroit resale shop locations, called ReStores.

"It was all the props from various scenes of the movie, almost anything you can imagine: books, furniture, all kinds of things," said Larry Salive, ReStore adviser.

Salive said the ReStores provides an opportunity for the residents Habitat For Humanity helps to furnish their new houses.

"We can't build enough homes to help everyone in need," he said. "This provides a place for folks to fix up their homes at affordable prices.

The resale shops also gives film production companies like Sony a final destination for furniture and props used on set, which most likely would never be used again.

"Before, studios would set up warehouses for props and would reuse them as needed, but that's just not the case anymore," Salive said.

All proceeds from the stores benefit Habitat For Humanity in building more homes. For more information, visit

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