Saint Leo University students recycle boxes of bottle caps to help kids with disabilities

College students embrace "Caps of Love" charity
Posted at 3:45 AM, Mar 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-22 06:50:17-04

MacKenzie Jones wants all your bottle caps. The plastic ones found on soda bottles, laundry detergent, cottage cheese cups or tubs of butter. Hand ‘em over.

“A lot of people stress the recycling of the bottle, not the caps,” says Jones, a junior at Saint Leo University in Pasco County.

Jones and dozens of others at the college are taking part in a Florida-based charity called Caps of Love. The students helped collect some 16,000 pounds of plastic caps this year. 

Proceeds from recycling the plastic is used to purchase wheelchairs for kids with disabilities. So far Caps of Love has given away 79 wheelchairs.

“My goal is to get this generation excited about recycling,” says Heidi D’Ambrosio, senior coordinator of student affairs at Saint Leo University.

The college is hosting its third annual Caps of Love “send-off” celebration on campus at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. There will be pizza, music and a Popsicle truck. The public is invited to free attend.

For more information on the party or to learn how to take part in Caps of Love, visit: