Arpin International Group transports three shipping containers of supplies to Puerto Rico

Sylk Negron of Sylk Marti Studios, an Arpin International Group client, grew up in Puerto Rico. Along with her friend, Ivelisse Linares, she led the call for donations and began a grassroots effort to provide much needed relief to the island.

“On Sept. 20, Category 5 Hurricane Maria left 95 percent of the island without electricity, gas or water, affecting 3.5 million people,” said Negron. “A friend and I decided that we had to do something. What started as a small effort with the two of us asking our friends to help send food, water and first aid ended up becoming a massive collaboration involving many supporters. We were able to get assistance from several companies, including Arpin, which gracefully donated a container for the goods collected. Supplies will be distributed throughout six municipalities: Bayamon, Caguas, Utuado, San Lorenzo, Yabucoa and Aguadilla. We hope Puerto Rico rises again—together we stand strong.”

Arpin Group donated one 40-foot shipping container and coordinated the shipping effort to transport three of the four total containers to Puerto Rico on behalf of Sylk and her team. Both Arpin and Glen Ellyn Mayflower had volunteers on site to help package and load the supplies. The supplies are scheduled to arrive Nov. 9.

Bridget Ritchie, vice president of global business development at Arpin Group, provided on-the-ground coordination of the packing and shipping on behalf of the company.

“Having the honor and privilege of being involved with this has been truly heartwarming,” said Ritchie. “Seeing the dedication of Sylk, Ivy, Julian and the many people involved was inspiring. It will take a long time for Puerto Rico to rebuild, so having basic needs will help them survive these initial weeks and months in order to get to the point where they can rebuild. I’m so happy Arpin and Arpin Strong were afforded this hands-on opportunity to help. We thank our partner, Chris Grisby and the team at Glen Ellyn Mayflower for the amazing job they did in assisting us with this effort!”

About Arpin International Group:

Arpin International Group is an award-winning full-service moving and storage company specializing in corporate, government and military customers. With offices in major cities throughout North America, EMEA and APAC regions, the company provides a seamless moving experience and the highest quality of care to its customers around the world. Arpin International Group is the global arm of Arpin Group. Its sister companies include Arpin Van Lines, Creative Storage Solutions, Arpin Associates, Arpin Renewable Energy and Arpin Broadcast Network. Arpin International Group is a member of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and the International Movers Association (IAM), as well as accredited by the International Federation of International Furniture Removers (FIDI) and certified by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. For more information, call +1 401-885-4600 or visit