Although no new donated warehouse has been found. Mr Pearce has graciously given us a temporary reprieve until a new facility is found.
Our current donated warehouse was geneously donated since August 2016. Their business has expanded and they are in need of our donated space ASAP.
We will begin accepting correctly separated polypropylene and polyethylene again next week. Please review the website for updated grade separation requirements as we will NOT be accepting any that are not done correctly. Please allow sufficient time to have your's checked for grade separation compliance before being dropped off as there can be a waiting line. We are also asking for the special shipping boxes we use to be donated. See the "Wish List" tab for exact box information available for purchase at most Home Depots. This is the only boxes we use.
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 across the country.
We will continue with our primary mission to educate the public on how to recycle correctly.
We will continue our secondary mission to provide the free wheelchairs as long as funds allow for purchasing new, and refurbishing donated wheelchairs.
Grand Re-Opening is scheduled for September 25th from 10am to noon. Join us for music and refreshments as we present our fabulous new facility to the public. We will also be presenting some wheelchairs to local handicapped children during this event. It is open to the public and free of charge. Event to be held at 170 Commerce road, Boynton Beach, Fla 33426. Extra parking available on Commerce road. See the Caps Of Love facebook page for full information and to RSVP for a head count.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY CAPS TO THIS EVENT. THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. See website or facebook page for scheduled drop off dates/times.
In January '15 I was contacted by a woman in Springfield Missouri. She inquired if my wheelchairs were only for handicapped children in Florida. I said "no" and asked her why she had asked.
Her 9 year old granddaughter, Kaydie, has spinal bifida and had outgrown her wheelchair. They could not afford to purchase a new one for this lovely girl who enjoys an active life going to school and playing baseball from her wheelchair. I found out what size she needed and checked my inventory. I had the perfect chair for her thanks to a wonderful donation of brand new children's wheelchairs from Jack Drury at "Wheelchair Foundation.Org". I was able to mail a new red wheelchair right to Kaydie in Missouri. She is obviously enjoying her new wheels!
This is the first out-of-state child that Caps Of Love has been able to help. I anticipate many more in the future as more requests are filled. Thanks again to Wheelchair Foundation for giving me 4 new pediatric wheelchairs to give away.
In September 2013 Caps Of Love became incorporated!
I found a recycling plant in Kentucky that we will be using going forward.
501c3 status was received from the IRS in October 2014 and is retroactive to February 2013 Donations of supplies (such as buckets, lids, printer ink, or signs) or services (such as donated storage units, shipping, printing ) and money will all be tax deductible. Public schools are able to offer community service credit for sorting or collecting plastic caps. There may be the possiblility of getting an unused store donated in a strip mall for storage and sorting purposes. Perhaps even a drop off box like the ones Goodwill Industries uses may be possible for unattended cap drop offs.
This is Keira and Grant Lenz, grandchildren of Maribeth Lenz who is the business manager of The Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens. They help sort out the debris and metal from the caps when they come to visit. Great job kids!!! The Weiss School students are major contributors to the Caps Of Love and have provided nearly a half ton of plastic caps last school year. I look forward to their participation this year too.
This is Coleen Peggs of West Palm Beach Florida, a wonderful cap collector who did a school report on "Caps
Of Love"! What a great example she shares with her classmates and community. I am proud of her! You have to love that shirt, too
Her parents, Lexi and Jennifer Peggs and Uncle Sasha and Aunt Elizabeth are part of the hockey families that have been collecting their plastic caps for Caps Of Love for several years. Way to go Coleen!
On November 30th 2012, I had the privilege of visiting The Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens. This is an amazing private school educating students 3 years old through 8th grade. Housed in a lovely facility filled with art from the staff and students, I felt like I was back in my own childhood schools with the students in clean and conservative attire learning their lessons from caring and skilled educators.
I was asked by the director of Business and Finance, Maribeth Lenz, to speak about Caps Of Love to the students, faculty, and parents during their school assembly. I was so proud of the students and to learn of their many wonderful accomplishments. To see the students so involved in their communities at such a young age was impressive. I was present for their first Honor Roll and saw the attentiveness and eager faces looking to repeat their performance or to reach the next levels. I saw, first-hand, these generous children donating bicycles in all shapes, conditions, and sizes to the Bicycle Man to repair and get to under-privileged children. They donated a great deal of canned goods and non-perishable food to the local food bank to help feed the needy. All of the classes were actively involved in the challenge of bringing in plastic caps for Caps Of Love. I even met their star performer, Evelyn Raffaele, who has brought in the most caps in the school. She will be someone great one day with her drive and determination. Making a classroom competition out of recycling plastic caps has given the children a sense of accomplishment and the special feeling of donating something to improve the lives of the handicapped.
They surprised me by their amazing 23 large bags of plastic caps they have collected in just 3 short months. I can't wait to see how much they can collect by the end of the school year!
They are ALL winners in my book!!!