As CES wraps up, charities benefit from what companies leave behind

A walk through the halls of CES is a walk into the future.

You are immersed with new technologies: robots that could be in your home … cameras that could fly above it … cars that might drive you there.

While you might walk through and see innovation, Habitat for Humanity’s Veronica Martinez sees something different: “I see potential. I see opportunity.”

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For the past five years, the nonprofit has come to the Consumer Electronics Show and left with truckloads of donations. The group is after the walls, carpets and construction equipment – and the companies are ready to give it.

“We sell to the public,” Martinez said. “And some of it gets used on the job sites, and all the revenue gets put back into the organization so we can use it for our mission.”

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It’s works for the vendors as well as the charities. Many of the companies don't want to and cannot afford to take the displays back.

As CES grows, so do those donations. This year 2.6 million square feet of convention space will help supply five charities, including Opportunity Village and HELP of Southern Nevada.

The teardown starts Sunday night, and the trucks are loaded by Wednesday.

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