Arpin Van Lines’ President and CEO David Arpin received the James Prout Spirit of Giving Award from Sarah and Rob Worcester of Wreaths Across America during the 34th Annual Arpin Agent Convention held in Newport, Rhode Island recently.
The award commemorates James Prout, owner of a Maine trucking group and the first volunteer to haul wreaths for Wreaths Across America. The group presents the award annually to a professional truck driver, company, or organization that has supported charitable causes in ways that will affect generations to come.
This year’s event will be held Dec. 15 at cemeteries around the country and abroad.
“My father, Paul Arpin, was an Army veteran of World War II and a survivor of the invasion of Normandy,” said Arpin. “Following the war, he returned home to run Arpin Van Lines until he was 86 years old. When presented with the opportunity to support Wreaths Across America by one of our drivers, it was a no-brainer. Receiving this award is an honor and only further solidifies my support for the organization and appreciation for all of the trucking industry volunteers who make it possible each year.”
Arpin Van Lines’ employees and agents have supported Wreaths Across America’s mission to honor veterans for the past six years. They’ve donated time and transportation services leading up to and on National Wreaths Across America Day each December when the organization places wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans. In 2017, Arpin Van Lines hauled 26 tractor-trailer loads, totaling approximately 140,000 wreaths, and delivered them to participating veteran cemeteries across the country.