Welcome to Caps Of Love: Helping the disabled

 

 

The goal of our non-profit organization is to help handicapped children in the USA receive wheelchairs.

 

 

By recycling 2 different grades of plastic caps and lids, we raise money to buy wheelchairs for disabled children. This also has an environmental benefit as discarded caps are put in our landfills or incinerated which harms the earth if not recycled. We recycle polypropylene and polyethylene plastic caps which are both different grades of plastic from the bottles and are valuable in bulk. CAPS MUST BE SORTED OR THEY CANNOT BE ACCEPTED! They can be sold to companies using recycled "post-consumer" plastic to create new products such as composite decking, janitorial supplies, shipping pallets, park benches, paint cans, automotive interiors,  and many other items.

 

 Nondiscrimination Policy
"Caps Of Love" does not discriminate or support on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or physical or developmental disability.

 

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Our Projects

I am very excited growth of at the the "Caps Of Love" charity and wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on some important news:

1) In April '14 A woman donated her daughter's wheelchair as her daughter could no longer use it.  This pediatric wheelchair is a high-end piece of equipment valued well over $5,500 and in very good condition. Unsure of how to find a qualified handicapped candidate for the chair, I reached out to the Royal Palm School for special needs children in Lantana, Florida. This school has been a very large supporter of "Caps Of Love" charity for over 5 years. The handicapped children themselves, their parents, families, and faculty of the school bring bags and boxes of plastic caps for recycling each week.  This school has a waiting list of needy children waiting for wheelchairs. This is one of two of my wheelchairs that were donated in the presence of my collectors and supporters on Feb 2015.

2) I have an agreement with Blue Grass Recycling, in Kentucky to purchase future shipments of our plastic caps. This is a 30 year family-owned recycling company with strong ties to community service and helping the needy. They are offering a very competitive price and are just wonderful and fair to work with.
3) On July 25th '14 we shipped out 13 tons of plastic caps from the old Public Storage facility in Lantana, Florida. Home Depot District 154 graciously donated the shipping of a 53 foot tractor-trailer to transport the 13 tons of caps/lids to the Blue Grass recycling center in  Kentucky. The shipping was a a community event with volunteers and supporters enjoying food, music,and fun.  Home Depot made it a "Team Depot" event.

4)In October '14 my charity gave away the first 2 wheelchairs in the USA. They were given to the Renaissance Learning Center for High School students with Autism in West Palm Beach. The director Toby was happy to receive these chairs to aid his students with mobility problems.

5)In August '14 I got 8 boxes of plastic caps mailed to my home. This is not unusual as I receive them almost daily from all over the country. What made these stand out is their origin. They were mailed from US ARMY Troops serving in Kuwait!!!  They went on-line to find a place to recycle their plastic caps and found my charity. I am honored to have them!

6)Every weeks since Aug 2014' between 3-6 boxes arrive from our US troops in Kabul, Afghanistan! Below is the photo of the troops in Kabul, Afghanistan.

7)In September '14 I received an email from a nationwide charity called “Wheelchair Foundation.Org” that donates wheelchairs to those in need. They saw the coverage of my charity in the Sun Sentinel Newspaper and want to help. They offered my charity 4 NEW CHILDREN'S SIZED WHEELCHAIRS free of charge! I have received two 12” and two 14”brand new wheelchairs to donate to local needy children. Thank you Jack Drury!

8) In September '14 I got an email from Iris Gallegos in Austin Texas who collects caps for us through her Catholic Church. Her son used to need a wheelchair but now can walk.   She contacted me offering his chair. I accepted but was then presented with the task of getting it from Austin, Texas to West Palm Beach, Florida. I called the store manager, Don Christopher, of her hometown Home Depot #6839. I asked if it would be possible for them to ship the wheelchair to my store on the Home Depot trucks. He quickly agreed and I received it a week later.

9)In September '14 I was pleasantly surprised to see a huge pallet of boxes come into our receiving area at my Home Depot. It was 580lbs of plastic caps collected by “Women of the Moose” chapter 1118 in Riverhead NY.  They took it to their local Home Depot store #1222 who mailed it free of charge for them to my store. Just another of many examples of goodwill shown by so many!

10) In October '14 I received my long-awaited 501c3 tax exception status. It is retroactive to February 2013 so past donations of goods or services or donation checks can be written off for tax purposes.

11) Another high-back wheelchair was donated from a man in North Charleston, South Carolina. It was shipped for free from the Home Depot in N Charleston to my store for Caps Of Love.

12) In December '14 I woman donated her MOTORIZED pediatric wheelchair to my charity. This valuable machine is valued around $20,000 and fits a very small person. Thank you Rachel!

13) December '14 I was contacted by  Emerald Isle, a recycling company in Mirimar Florida that had a large amount of brand new, unused plastic caps they wanted to donate to Caps Of Love. I used the services of a local West Palm Beach recycling company TruGreen” to pick up 45 pallets of caps in two 53' semi trailers and take them to their recycling plant in Belle Glade for processing. 100% of the proceeds went directly into the Caps Of Love wheelchair bank account without ever seeing or touching a single cap! Thank you for this amazingly generous donation. 

14) December '14 We held the first annual Caps Of Love Christmas Caroling Event. 11 volunteers gathered at the Darcy Hall Nursing Home in West Palm Beach to sing carols to the residents. It was very festive and a wonderful time had by all. We would like to sing for a children's hospital in the 2015 Christmas season.

15) January '15 I was a featured speaker at two synagogues in southern Palm Beach County for their “Mitzvah Days” I taught the children about giving back, helping the less fortunate, helping our environment, and being active in their communities.

16) January '15 saw the very first shipment of plastic caps from the American Airlines Arena (formerly known as the Miami Arena) where the Miami Heat basketball team plays. Their concession stands collected a huge box of plastic caps that were delivered to my facility by a Palm Beach Resurfacing truck. I look forward to their continued support. Thank you to Diane Buhler, founder of the charity Beach Clean, for spear-heading this initiative and making it happen and to Yvene of Levy Restaurants for his support.

17) In January '15 we had “Jet Blue Airlines” join our team of collectors. Their flight staff has been collecting their caps already for months and are anxious to be involved. I won a free trip for 2 to California in March from them and their "Flying It Forward" program to spread the environmental and humanitarian message in 3 school speeches there.

18) January '15 I shipped out the first out-of-state wheelchair to a 9 year old girl, Kadie,  in Springfield MO. She has spinal bifida and cannot use her legs. She has outgrown her wheelchair and was in need of a new one. Thanks to the donation of chairs from WheelchairFoundation.org, I was able to ship her a brand new wheelchair in her size of her very own. See the website and Caps Of Love facebook for photos and full coverage from February. 

19) On February '15 we shipped out our 6th commercial load of 14 tons of plastic caps bound for recycling in Kentucky. That brings our total to over 54 TONS in just a few years! This shipment was paid for by a generous personal check from Hector Padilla, a Home Depot executive in Atlanta. His personal support is just wonderful and so very appreciated. At the event we also presented 2 needy, handicapped students from the Royal Palm School in Lantana, Fla with free wheelchairs. This was a very emotional presentation and covered by local channel 5 news. (coverage video posted on website and Facebook page)

20) In February '15 cardboard box manufacturer “Pratt Industries” donated 360 heavy duty boxes FREE and had them delivered to my facility. This has a retail value of over $1,200 and will save me many hours of picking up recycled grill boxes I had been using for years. The Home Depot stores in District 154 are now continuing to donate more of these boxes as I had used up the original donated shipment.

21) In April ‘15 I received my first shipment of caps from the US Air Force troops in Qatar and Kuwait! God bless America!

22) May ‘15' saw the first 6 tons of caps to be recycled in West Palm Beach by Trugreen from our facility thanks to donated transport provided by "Two Men And A Truck" moving company and forklift services donated by "Milwork Sales" for the second time.

23)March ’15 Marc Lanz and the crew of the Technip ship “Deep Blue” in the Gulf of Mexico saved up four 55 gallon drums of caps and had them delivered to my home. The international crew did an amazing job to help our kids.

24) March ’15 The Florida Panthers Hockey team did a huge presentation in front of about 20,000 hockey fans attending a game in the BBT center in Sunrise Fla. They did a video montage of Caps of Love for their “Heroes Among Us” segment. I am still getting calls from collectors that started after seeing the professional video. The video is posted on my Caps Of Love Facebook page on March 19th.

25)June ’15 the American food producing giant “Cargill” donated 60,000 unusable five-gallon lids for recycling. They got Old Dominion Freight Lines to deliver it from their plant in Georgia to our recycler in Kentucky for free! That is a massive amount of plastic that we do not need to sort and will be processed with our next shipment for recycling. It is straight profit for the wheelchairs with no effort on our part! Just incredible generosity!

26 )July ’15 will be our 8th commercial shipment of 14 tall pallets of sorted caps bound for recycling in Kentucky. Transportation is provided by FedEx in their own trucks and loading services donated for the 3rd time by Millwork Sales.

27) July ’15 Publix Grocery stores posted a professionally filmed video on their website for Caps Of Love which they have selected for their community service outreach program. I get my cap collection containers by reusing the bakery buckets and lids donated from 5 local Publix stores in the Lake Worth area. 

 

I would like to thank each one of you for your continued support. Without the ongoing commitment from so many volunteers and businesses, I would not be able to have this success. So many wonderful individuals have given me their time and energy to promote this charity through word of mouth, collecting caps, or manually helping in the sorting process or loading of shipping containers. I am very grateful for their participation. I look forward to a very positive 2015 with the donating of the 30+ wheelchairs being refurbished to be donated in the United States and assisting the handicapped  through our environmental awareness training to increase recycling in our country.  

          Valerie Mathieu
"Caps of Love" Founder and President

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PS: Please continue to review the tabs on the website for information on what to collect and HOW TO SORT the 2 different grades of plastic we recycle.

About Us

 

 

 

Do you like what we do and want to help? Read more about us.

By popular demand: Here is a photo from December 10th 2014. As many of you know I have been learning to play ice hockey for a few years. At 52 this is no small challenge but I love it.  I am on two different teams C1 (Novice)and C2 (Beginner) both named "Bruins". We won the C2   championship out of 5 teams in that league.We lost the championship game for the C1 division out of 7 teams that monday night with a score of 5-6. I am the one in the black and pink striped hockey socks in the front. It is a wonderful sport and I have many cap collectors and sorters among them.

 

My mission is an ongoing collection of 2 grades of plastic caps. Speaking to local organizations, schools, churches, and clubs to increase awareness of the charity. 

 

 

I have posted upcoming "Cap Sorting Parties" on my website under "weekly drop off times" as the volume sometimes exceeds my ability to sort in a timely fashion. Volunteers will be asked to help remove metal debris, paper liners, ensure the 2 grades of plastic are separated propely, and trash from collected caps  .

At this time, about 5% to 10% of all collected material must be discarded due to metal beer caps, alluminum pull-tabs, metal jar lids, and trash thrown in with the caps. All this devalues the plastic for recycling!

 

The sorting is time-consuming and tedious but necessary to provide a pure plastic result for recycling.

 The 2 different grades of sorted caps are then placed in large recycled boxes that I use for storage until they are shipped to the recycling plant.