Caps of Love charity in Lantana forced to vacate by end of July, faces closure

LANTANA, Fla. - A charity that gives back to children with disabilities is now in need of help themselves.  Caps of Love organizer is hoping another donated space will help save the operation.

For the last three years, several days a week, Valerie Jones-Mathieu and volunteers at the storage in Lantana have collected, separated and boxed up tons of plastic caps for Caps of Love.

Currently, she’s filled up two storage units.

"I have just under about 500 square feet here,” said Jones-Mathieu.

But because of new management, the group is being asked to relocate or pay rent.

"It used to be owned by Southern South Storage and they were real big components of Caps of Love.  They put me on their Facebook page, and so they were very supportive,” said Jones-Mathieu. “The new company now is Public Storage and they do not do charities."

Christopher Obszarny and his daughter Morgan donate caps every week.

He says funds used to rent storage would take away from the charity and the money they raise to help disabled kids get wheelchairs.

"We understand that it's very difficult for charities to encounter the finances to survive,” said Obszarny.

Although appreciative of the space she’s had over the years, she says this might be a sign to move on.

"The charity has actually grown beyond this type of a facility and it's just forcing me to just take the next step,” said Jones-Mathieu.

She said Public Storage is giving them until the end of July to vacate.

An email sent to Public Storage for a statement has not yet been answered.

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