Arpin Group Collects 8,000 Walking Aids During Drive Benefiting Haiti Earthquake VictimsMarch 15, 2010
Eight full-sized Arpin moving trucks rolled off Cardi’s Furniture parking lots late last month, filled with 8,000 donated walking aids including crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, canes and others, destined for Norfolk, V.A., where they began their final journey to Haiti.
The drive collected 3,736 crutches, 2,384 walkers, 1,296 canes and 577 wheel chairs.
“We are overwhelmed by our community’s tremendous show of support for the victims of Haiti’s natural disaster,” said Peter Arpin, partner of Arpin Group, Inc. “These walking aids will provide much needed mobility to thousands of Haitians with serious injuries, many of whom are awaiting the manufacture of prosthetic limbs.”
Arpin Group, Inc. teamed up with Cardi’s Furniture Superstores to support Physicians for Peace by hosting a medical supplies and cash collection drive for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The collection took place at Cardi’s Furniture store locations in Braintree, South Attleboro and Swansea, Mass. and Route 2, West Warwick, R.I.
Arpin Group set up moving trucks at each Cardi’s Furniture location to collect donations. The American Red Cross was also present accepting cash donations to further their efforts in Haiti.
Arpin Group provided free delivery of the medical supplies to Norfolk, Va., where Physicians for Peace transported the donations to Haiti. Arpin agents, Don Queeney and Hampton Roads Moving and Storage of Norfolk, Va., donated warehouse space to store the supplies while awaiting final transportation to Haiti.
Physicians for Peace has been providing medical education and training in Haiti for several years, particularly in rehabilitation for trauma victims through its internationally recognized Walking Free program.
Rhodies for Haiti, a rapidly growing group of volunteers on Facebook, organized dozens of volunteers to assist with this event.