Caps for Cancer
In 2021 member Karen Schmidt introduced the club to a program in Manzanillo, Mexico, that purchases high-density plastic for pesos per kilogram weighed. We started collecting plastic bottle caps and other plastic caps from our own recycling bins, as well as from friends, family members, Kingston Rotary, Poulsbo Rotary, and Kingston High School.
Throughout the remainder of 2021 and all of 2022, Crossroads Rotary collected ~1850 lbs of high-density plastic caps. These were delivered by then club president Geoff Schmidt, club treasurer Sloane Schmidt, and president-elect Darwin Husa to Manzanillo, Mexico. The funds raised through this program brought in enough to cover the cancer treatment costs for a child in Mexico, as well as support her family during her care.
Crossroads Rotary continues the Caps for Cancer program with the help of a number of community members and organizations:
North Kitsap High School LEO Club and Poulsbo Elementary School PTSA have established plastic cap donation boxes at the schools for students and faculty to contribute to this project.
Poulsbo area Starbucks
Through the organization efforts of Starbucks employee and club member Adrianne Carpenter, the stores have begun setting aside caps from milk cartons and other containers to donate to the cause.
Our sister club in Poulsbo has joined in the effort.