Over 100 enthusiastic students, staff, and community members gathered in a large parking lot at Saint Leo University on Monday afternoon to witness the loading of 14 pallets containing over 8,000 pounds of plastic caps. The plastic was shipped by truck to a recycling facility in Kentucky where it will be sold as part of the Caps of Love program.
Caps of Love, a Florida-based, nonprofit organization that recycles three grades of plastic caps and lids of all sizes, shapes, and colors. All proceeds from the recycling go to purchase new and refurbished wheelchairs that will be donated to children in the United States with mobility disabilities. Since June 2015, Caps of Love has provided 20 wheelchairs to children in need.
On April 18th at 2 p.m., Saint Leo students, the Office of Residence Life and Student Affairs staffs, representatives from Greek Life organizations, Fritz the Saint Leo Lions mascot, and members of the community, attended the event which culminated the yearlong service project. More than 14 locations on University Campus served as cap collection sites. Campus Security and Safety personnel won the trophy for the most caps collected weekly.
“This philanthropic project supports Saint Leo’s core value of Community and this activity has allowed students to attain community service hours while creating awareness by reaching four surrounding counties which has significantly impacted the Caps of Love program,” said Heidi D’Ambrosio, senior coordinator of Residence Life at Saint Leo University.