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Caps For Cancer

In 2021, Crossroads 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, and the community. 


Throughout the remainder of 2021 and all of 2022, Crossroads Rotary collected #pounds 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, to raise money. The funds raised through this program brought in enough to cover the cancer treatment costs for a child in Mexico and 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:

  • Local Schools

    • 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 and other containers to donate to the cause.

  • Poulsbo Rotary

    • Our sister club in Poulsbo has joined in the effort.

  • Dozens of club member’s families, friends, and business colleagues.

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