Companies team up to aid the Philippines
By Kevin P. O’Connor
Posted Nov. 25, 2013 @ 12:01 am
Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 6:15 PM
It is a surprise every time, Peter and Diana Mosher said. Every time they ask for help, people are more generous than they expect.
Sunday was no exception.
The Moshers, of Somerset, are the owners of Bristol-Plymouth Moving and Storage Inc., 105 Weaver St., Fall River. They were out in the cold from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday with their three sons, a half-dozen volunteers from their company and another dozen from Cardi’s Furniture, 1 Furniture Way.
They started work when the temperature was in the teens and a dry biting wind was whipping out of the west. But no one had time to get cold, Diana Mosher said.
“We have been busy all morning,” she said. “People are bringing in bottled water, diapers and energy bars. We asked for those items because they are the most nonperishable and they are easy to ship.
“All of it will be loaded on Arpin Van Lines truck and then put into containers. Arpin is shipping it all to the Philippines.”
The Mosher’s company is an Arpin affiliate, so they teamed with Cardi’s Furniture for the effort, Diana Mosher said.
“We’ve worked with Arpin several times in the past,” said Pete Cardi, one of the Cardi’s Furniture owners. He was also out in the cold Sunday morning, lifting cases of bottled water from car trunks to place them in a waiting Arpin moving truck.
“We worked together for Katrina relief, for Oklahoma and for Haiti,” Cardi said. “People are really responding to this effort.
“We have had people bringing goods in all week. I’m sure we will have donations all day.
“People can be very generous.”
Peter Mosher agreed. He stood at the end of a long Arpin truck, working with his sons, Collin, 11, Cameron, 12, and Owen, 15, and their friend, Andrew Farias, 15, as they packed goods into the truck for shipping.
“We expected to fill one truck, but I brought two down, just in case,” Peter Mosher said. “It looks like we will fill both.”
He stopped for a moment to look at his sons, bundled against the cold, working steadily. He smiled.
“It is good for them to see that there is more to life than video games and money,” he said.
Arpin and Cardi’s Furniture repeated the effort at the Cardi’s locations in West Warwick, South Attleboro, Braintree and Middletown.
“If you want to donate money, you can still do it from the Cardi’s website,” Diana Mosher said.
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