Welcome to Caps Of Love: Helping the disabled
The goal of our non-profit organization is to help the disabled.
"Caps Of Love" is the only US affiliate with the international charity "Bouchons D'Amour".
By recycling plastic caps, 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. Plastic caps are a different grade of plastic from the bottles and are valuable in bulk. They can be sold to companies using recycled "post-consumer" plastic to create new products such as plastic shipping pallets, plastic park benches, plastic paint cans and many other items.
"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.
Have you ever thought about how much you could change things just by not throwing out your plastic caps?
I am very excited at the growth of the "Caps Of Love" charity and wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on some important news:
1) In April '14 I received an e-mail from a woman who wanted to donate her daughter's wheelchair to "Caps Of Love" as her daughter could no longer use it. This children's wheelchair is a high-end piece of equipment valued well over $5,000 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 being fitted for their students at this time. During this school year, I will make a presentation in the presence of my collectors and supporters, of this chair, along with several others, to the children on this list that can best be served by these styles and sizes of wheelchair.
2) After celebrating the good news of the wheelchair with everyone, An international company based in Houston, Texas called “Independent Data Services” is matching this donation by purchasing a similar wheelchair to be given to a second needy handicapped child on the Royal Palm School list! This chair will be purchased and fitted to another candidate to best suit their individual needs and size.
3) 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. They reached out to me after finding "Caps Of Love" on the internet and wanted to get involved with my charity.
4) 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 where associates several stores volunteered their own time to come load the boxes onto pallets and wrap them and assist loading the truck or just cheer us on.
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. The director Toby was happy to receive these chairs to aid his students with mobility problems.
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!
8 boxes were mailed from our US troops in Kabul, Afghanistan and continue to arrive almost every week. Below is the photo of the troops in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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 is being shipped for free from the Home Depot in N Charleston to my store for Caps Of Love.
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. The seat lowers to within 12” of the ground for easy entry and then raises to table height. It can raise up to 71cm to standing height or to reach upper cabinets. It is currently being refurbished by Active Mobility in Pompano, Florida and should be given to a child later this year. Thank you Rachel!
In December '14 Rachel told A+ Mobility in Lake Worth, Florida about Caps Of Love. They were moving and donated
two used MOTORIZED wheelchairs that are also being refurbished at this time.
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 will do directly into the Caps Of Love wheelchair bank account without ever seeing or touching a single cap! Thank you for this amazingly generous donation.
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.
January '15 I will be a featured speaker at two synagogues in southern Palm Beach County for their “Mitzvah Days” I will be teaching the children about giving back, helping the less fortunate, helping our environment, and being active in their communities.
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 spearheading this initiative and making it happen and to Yvene of Levy Restaurants for his support.
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. Watch the website and Caps Of Love facebook for photos and full coverage in mid January.
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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 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, 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 sorted caps are then placed in large recycled boxes that I use for storage until they are shipped to the recycling plant.