04/13/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Donated Circus Tents To House Haiti Government

Thanks to a generous Nevada real estate developer, Cirque du Soleil tents are en route to Haiti to serve as a temporary headquarters for Port-au-Prince government, CNN reports.

Tom Schrade, who bought the tents after Cirque du Soleil retired them, said his wife got the idea to donate them while they were watching coverage of Haiti relief efforts. "It seemed like a good thing to do," Schrade said.

The tents have 33,000 square feet of interior floor space, including heating and air conditioning systems, interior and exterior lighting, toilets and 900 padded chairs, Schrade said. Thirteen steel shipping containers hold the 400,000 pounds of cargo, he said.

The Conrad Hilton Foundation and The William J. Clinton Foundation are funding and coordinating the shipment.

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