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Caps of Love charity funds children's wheelchairs

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. - Plastic caps are changing lives for youngsters from Palm Beach County to Chicago.

About two dozen volunteers sorted and packed plastic caps for the charity, Caps of Love.

Thursday, 14 tons of them worth almost $5,000.

Money from the caps buy wheelchairs for handicapped youths.

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Sanchez Ceron is one of them. She has ataxia telangiectasia, a neuro-muscular condition.

“It mean so much independence for her in the sense she's able to pick up and go without having to have someone with her constantly,” said Mery Ceron, Natalie’s mom. “Natalie doesn't walk independently. So, wherever she would go, she'd always have to be with mom, dad or someone to help her.”

Founder Valerie Matheiu collects the plastic caps and sends them to recycling centers that cut her checks. She’s given 21 wheelchairs to youths so far and she has 35 more to give away.

“You're turning something as simple as a handful of plastic caps into helping a handicap child receive a wheelchair,” explained Matheiu.

The caps are sent to recycling plants that give $20 cents per pound of plastic.

To apply for a wheelchair, you must be under 21 and have a permanent disability.

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The organization is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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