Arpin Group teams up with Cardi’s to host medical supplies collection drive for Haiti

February 05, 2010

Donations of new and used manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches will be accepted. These items will be used to help Haitian amputees remain mobile while waiting for the manufacture of their prosthetic limbs.

“We are appealing to everyone: churches, civic groups, hospitals and the general public, to come out in support for Haiti by donating walking aids for disabled patients,” said Peter Arpin, partner of Arpin Group, Inc.

Arpin Group will provide moving trucks at each Cardi’s Furniture location to collect donations. The American Red Cross will also be present accepting cash donations to further their efforts in Haiti.

Arpin Group will provide free delivery of the medical supplies to Norfork, Va., where Physicians for Peace will then transport the donations to Haiti. Arpin agent, Don Queeney and Hampton Roads Moving and Storage of Norfolk, Va., will be donating 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.

The Walking Free Program’s partner network includes Healing Hands for Haiti and St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children, both in the capital city of Port au Prince. Healing Hands for Haiti has been providing orthotic and prosthetic services to the people of Haiti since 1998 using both US and Haiti specialists. The medical clinic, which includes a small surgical suite, sees over 1000 patients a month for primary care, developmental evaluation and 20-30 corrective surgical procedures.

Rhodies for Haiti, a rapidly growing group of volunteers on Facebook, is organizing volunteers to assist with this event.

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