No new donated warehouse has been found.
We will be ending the LOCAL recycling facet of our charity in early July
NON-LOCAL PARTICIPATION WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS MOVE AND WILL CONTINUE AS BEFORE as it is not affected by our storage and supports us monitarily.
The non-local process has been very successful nationwide.
We will continue our primary mission to provide free wheelchairs, purchasing new, funding repairs and accessories, and refurbishing donated wheelchairs.
We will continue with our secondary mission to educate the public on how to recycle correctly.
June 27 2016 These are two interviews plus their own coverage that ran on ABC news WPBF channel 25 yesterda 6 times. The first interview ran arond 9:45 and was taped live in the studio. The second was interviewed shortly after and was a bit longer and did more investigation into the warehouse situation.
visit this link to view Publix video: https://youtu.be/qEgS2b7pcNo on YouTube
Publix Recycles Plastic to Fund Medical Equipment
Here at Publix, we love going green! We're proud of our sustainability efforts especially in the way of recycling, and recently we discovered a great way to both give back to the environment and give back to those in need at the same time.
Caps of Love is a non-profit organization located in Royal Palm Beach, Florida and they are living proof that a small action can make a big difference. The group collects caps from plastic bottles, paint can lids and other hard plastic tops that are not recycled by municipalities. Caps are sorted and sent off to a recycling center in exchange for money. The money is used to purchase new wheelchairs and other medical equipment for children with special needs.
As word started to spread, Publix associates across our company started collections. "It causes a snowball effect of opening the opportunity for people to collect their plastic caps, to get involved in helping the handicapped with something as simple as a plastic cap, something you’re going to just throw away", said Caps of Love USA, Founder, Valerie Mathieu.
To date, Publix associates have collected thousands of caps for Caps of Love in an effort to help the children they serve get the medical equipment they need to thrive.
"It’s been a huge benefit for Publix, because Publix associates are able to really make a difference by doing something that they’re probably already doing anyway. And to know that it sort of circled back and helps those children who are in need, is a great feeling," added Publix media and community relations manager for the Miami Division, Nicole Krauss.
For more information on Caps of Love and to begin your own caps collection, you can visit their website at http://www.capsoflove.com
This is the link to the excellent Channel 12 news story that ran today, June 18th 2014 asking the community for a donated home for the charity.
Check out the interview that aired June 13th 2014 on the 5 o'clock news. I asked the community to donate a new home for Caps Of Love in the form of a small warehouse or unused storefront in western Lake Worth or western Lantana. I pray for a quick and positive response.
News & Media coverage
In April 2014 I received a donated child's wheelchair. This donation is being matched by an International company so I will have 2 high-end wheelchairs to donate as soon as my 501c3 status is in place. This should be in the next few months.
These wheelchairs will be donated to 2 needy handicapped children selected from a waiting list at the Royal Palm School in Lantana, Florida that serves the children with disabilities in Palm Beach County. Notice will be provided on my website and Facebook page for all to attend the presentation of these two chairs to enhance the lives of disabled children in our country.
On Monday February 18th 2013, Caps Of Love shipped almost 8 tons of plastic caps off for recycling in Troy, Alabama. All proceeds will be wire-transferred directly to the parent charity "Bouchons D'Amour" to pay for wheelchairs or service dogs for handicapped children. note: All proceeds are now kept to provide wheelchairs for children in the USA as of 2014)
This is the link to the WPTV Channel 5 news coverage of the event. http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/caps-of-love-money-raised-from-recycled-plastic-caps-will-help-disabled-children-in-south-florida
* see note for news error clarification
Home Depot paid for a 40 foot shipping container with a lift gate to come to my cap facility, pick up the caps and take them to Alabama free of charge.
I had the community come out and support this event with volunteers and supporters loading the boxes of caps onto pallets early in the morning. Each pallet held 12 boxes of caps. Filled pallets were wrapped in plastic for safe transit. We filled 18 pallets with about 210 recycled grill boxes (used for their stacking strength). We staged the prepared pallets where the huge truck would back into the facility enterance. Volunteers took pride in pushing each pallet onto the lift gate and watching our hard work get on it's way to helping the handicapped.
Volunteers from Home Depot, Hockey players from "Ice Zone", Royal Palm School, South Tech Nursing School, The Weiss School, St Luke's Catholic Church, Mira group, and others came out on the brisk Florida morning to help. Music and free food donated by Chick Fil-A in Lantana and Dunkin Donuts on Lake Worth/West Lake roads made for an exciting event.
Several groups brought caps with them that will start our next load. Mira group brought a very large load up from Miami the night before the shipping to be sorted for the next time.
The plastic is headed to recycling company in Alabama.(This company was dishonest and will never be used again, shorting Caps Of Love by HALF of the load!) By using them we keep the plastic, transportation costs, jobs, and end product here in the USA while our efforts benefit the disabled around the world (note: wheelchairs are now only given in the USA as of 2014 and all recycling is done in the USA).
* clarification of news clip errors:
Caps are worth 20 cents a pound NOT each
Areas benefiting from the charity include Africa and Europe so far NOT South Florida. (Note: all proceeds now stay in the USA as of 2014 to benefit children in the USA)
Les "bouchons d'amour" beausoleillois ont franchi l'Atlantique
Valérie Jones a relayé l’action initiée par Jean-Marie Bigard au profit des handicapés. Elle raconte l’accueil réservé aux «Caps of love»
Depuis neuf ans, Valérie Jones s'est passionnée pour les « Bouchons d'amour », un mouvement initié par le comique Jean-Marie Bigard pour équiper les personnes handicapées après recyclage et valorisation des bouchons en plastique.
L'idée avait séduit Valérie Jones, américaine qui vit en Floride et vient périodiquement rendre visite à sa sœur Diane Dutter habitant La Turbie. Au point qu'elle lance outre-Atlantique un pari fou : créer une association jumelle. À force de conviction et d'acharnement, c'est fait !
« The Caps of Love » est depuis deux mois affilié à l'association française que préside Michel Acary.
« On communique depuis longtemps par téléphone ou Facebook », raconte Valérie. On avait peur que le partenariat n'aboutisse jamais, mais cela prend tournure. Grâce à l'aide des soixante-dix bénévoles de Floride, nous avons collecté sept tonnes de bouchons. Ils ne sont pas recyclables avec les bouteilles en Amérique, mais s'ils sont traités à part alors ils sont valorisables. Le profit de la vente alimente des œuvres et initiatives en faveur d'une population handicapée pour différentes raisons. Cela va de l'achat de fauteuils roulants ou matériel orthopédique au financement du dressage de chiens d'aveugles. »
Valérie Jones a d'abord entraîné l'adhésion de ses collègues du magasin « Home Depot » (franchise nationale) de Lantana où elle travaille en Floride. Puis deux autres magasins se sont lancés dans des opérations de collecte. S'y sont mises également des associations et paroisses.
« Et maintenant de grandes compagnies nous soutiennent », dit-elle enthousiaste.
« Southern Self-Storage pour le stockage et Anheuser-Busch pour le transport (4 000 $) vers la Belgique pour traitement. Il faut dire que les médias nous ont bien aidés. Des collectes s'organisent aussi dans les écoles. Les enfants, parfois handicapés eux-mêmes, se chargent de montrer l'exemple, ce qui m'émeut. Cela les amène à poser des questions sur votre pays quand ils savent que l'idée est venue de France : où est-ce ? Qu'est-ce qu'on mange là-bas ? Et sur l'Afrique aussi car les besoins pour soulager le handicap y sont énormes, c'est une destination prioritaire. »
Un tel déploiement d'efforts vaudra-t-il à Valérie le titre de « Bigarchon » ?
Vous serez les premiers à le savoir.
D'ores et déjà elle peut s'enorgueillir de porter sur son T-shirt le logo « The Caps of Love » et encore plus d'avoir reçu une lettre du Congrès américain la félicitant et l'encourageant pour son initiative.
Monaco newpaper “Monaco-Matin” 8-29-2012
The “Caps of Love” of Beausoleil have crossed the Atlantic.
By Ian Sainte-Fare
Written 08-29-2012 at 7:20am
Valerie Jones has relayed the action started by Jean-Marie Bigard to help the handicapped. She tells us of how “Caps of Love” has been received.
For nine years, Valerie Jones has been passionate for “Bouchons d’Amour”, a movement started by the comedian Jean-Marie Bigard to equip the handicapped through recycling and giving value to plastic caps
The idea seduced Valerie Jones, an American living in Florida who periodically visits her sister Diane Dutter living in La Turbie, France. At one point, starting a overseas crazy wager: To create a twin charity. With her strong conviction and persistence, it was done!
“Caps of Love” has been officially affiliated with the French charity presided by Michel Acary since May 2012.
“We have been speaking for years by telephone or on Facebook” Valerie says. “We were afraid the partnership would never materialize, but it came around. Thanks to the help of 70 Floridian volunteers, we loaded seven tons of plastic caps. They are not recycled with the bottles in America, but if they are separated they have their own value. The profit of the sale of this plastic assists the work and initiatives to aid a population of various handicapped individuals. It goes to purchase wheelchairs or orthopedic devices and to finance the training of service dogs”
Valerie Jones first sought the the assistance of her colleagues at “Home Depot” of Lantana where she works in Florida. Then other companies joined her mission of collecting the plastic caps. Among these are numerous businesses, clubs, and churches.
“And now the big companies are supporting me” she says enthusiastically.
“Southern Self Storage” has donated a storage unit and Anheuser-Busch” donated $4000 in shipping to Belgium for recycling. I must say that the media has really helped me. The collections are being organized in many schools. The children, some are handicapped themselves, take charge of setting the example, which is so touching. Collecting brings the children to ask questions about foreign countries when they learn that the idea comes from France: Where is that?, What do they eat over there? And about Africa also since their needs to help the handicapped are enormous, it’s a priority destination”
With such a deployment of efforts, isn’t it worth giving Valerie the title of “Bigarchon”? (name given to leaders of cap collectors)
She already has and proudly wears the logo of “Caps of Love” on her T-Shirt and additionally has even received a letter from the US Congress with the congratulations and encouragement for her initative.
Caps Of Love has been featured several times on television in the month of June 2012. I had collected about 7 tons of plastic caps over 2 1/2 years. Anheuser-Busch donated a shipping container and free freight to Europe to transport the plastic to the recycling plant, Eryplast,in Belgium.
Southern Self Storage of Lantana, Florida has donated the use of a storage unit, free of charge, to store the caps prior to shipping since April 2011 and continues to do so. On June 13th 2012, the Anheuser-Busch container arrived on a flat bed trailer from Miami for loading. I had 68 volunteers from the community come out to help load the 7 tons of caps and cheer us on. The container was loaded in under one hour and sent on it's way to the Port of Miami on it's way to Belgium in 3 weeks travel time. Volunteers were from: Home Depot district 154, Mira Group, Royal Palm School, Palm Beach Resurfacing, a local ice hockey team, and many others. Free food was donated for the volunteers by Chick-Fil-A on Lantana road, Publix supermarkets on Lantana and Jog road, Dunkin Donuts on Lantana and Jog road, and Starbucks on Lake Worth road.
Tania Rogers from Channel 5 News did a long interview about the charity and our mission that was featured on their "Making a Difference" segment on June 8th and 9th. It was rebroadcast on Channel 3 as well on June 9th.
On June 18th, Channel 5 did a follow up story on the actual shipping of the plastic caps to Belgium. ( see this link: http://youtu.be/YKqmn72EYak )
Click on this link to see the Channel 5 News story about "Caps of Love" that ran in June 2012. Tania Rogers came out to the storage unit at Southern Self Storage of Lantana, Florida to do the interview. She was so sweet and really interested in the charity mission.
PALM BEACH POST newspaper ran this great article on June 14th 2012. Hanna Engroff did a super job getting all the information correct in the days that led up to the loading of the first commercial shipment of plastic caps. She contacted me several times to get details and background of the charity. She also contacted some of the major collection sites like Royal Palm School for the disabled, where Sally Mrazovich has been driving the students and teachers to collect caps for nearly 4 years.