ATLANTA (Jan. 8, 2013) — Continuing a post-holiday tradition that has helped fulfill the dream of homeownership, the 80th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for the sixth year in a row to help families in need of affordable housing.
Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and operates Rockefeller Center, will mill and donate lumber from the 80-year-old, 80-foot Norway spruce from Mount Olive, N.J. A portion of the lumber will be used to help build homes in nearby Morris, N.J., and also in New York City.
“We are grateful to Tishman Speyer for the generous donation of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for the sixth consecutive year,” said Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International CEO. “The donation of lumber from the tree is a very special gift to our partner families and serves as a reminder that everyone can help in some way as Habitat seeks to build homes, communities and hope.”
“We are thrilled that lumber for the tree will once again be used to build homes with Habitat partner families,” said Keith Douglas, managing director for sales and marketing, Rockefeller Center. “During the holiday season the tree brings joy to millions around the world, and we hope that it will now continue bringing joy to a family for generations to come.”
The 2007 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was first donated to Habitat for Humanity and used in the construction of a Hurricane Katrina survivor’s home in Pascagoula, Miss. Since then, the lumber has been used in the construction of homes in New York City; Stamford, Conn.; Newburgh, N.Y.; and Philadelphia.
Inspired by Habitat for Humanity’s annual tradition of using wood milled from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, author David Rubel collaborated with Habitat for Humanity and illustrator Jim LaMarche to create “The Carpenter’s Gift” (Random House Books for Young Readers / Ages 5–8), an uplifting holiday picture book set in Depression-era New York. Highlighting the timeless themes of charity and good will, “The Carpenter’s Gift” shows that the best gifts are the ones that are unexpected, and may well inspire readers to do some giving of their own. For more information, visit www.habitat.org/CarpentersGift