ADM/Red Cross Blood Drives Aid Hundreds

WAREHAM – Blood drives hosted by the A.D. Makepeace Company at Rosebrook Place over the past year have provided assistance to 864 patients needing blood, according to a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross.

The drives began last May, after the company approached the American Red Cross and Southcoast Health seeking ways that a local employer and property owner could provide meaningful assistance through the pandemic.

“The need for blood donations was critical, and complicated by Covid-related restrictions,” said James F. Kane, president and CEO of the A.D. Makepeace Company. “We found space where they could safely conduct the drives, assisted with publicity, and gave time off so our own employees could give blood themselves.”

According to Kim Houdlette, the company’s director of community relations, additional monthly drives have been scheduled through September. Appointments are required and can be made through a link on the ADM website,

“We are truly grateful for A.D. Makepeace Company’s partnership during one of the most trying times this past year,” said Viviana Dorch, Donor Recruitment Account Manager for American Red Cross Blood Services. “With your partnership, you have helped to ensure that we are carrying out our lifesaving mission to support those patients in need.”

The 166-year-old A.D. Makepeace Company is North America’s largest cranberry grower, the largest private property owner in eastern Massachusetts, developer of the award-winning Redbrook, and a recognized leader in environmentally responsible real estate development and stewardship. Visit for more information.

Welcome Back, Makepeace Farms

In our neck of the woods, one highlight of spring is the reopening of Makepeace Farms for the season.

This independent, family-owned and -operated cafe and shop on the A.D. Makepeace Company’s Wareham campus makes some of the best house-baked cookies, pies, and muffins around. If you love Thanksgiving wraps, just wait until you try the Makepeace Farms version.

The shop is also one of the best places to get cranberry-themed gift items and gourmet foods, and this year they opened with all sort of new treats that we can’t wait to try: Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company Artisan Truffles, New England Heritage Coastal Beach Plum Jam, and a slew of cranberry-infused products from Willows Cranberries, to name just a few.

NOW OPEN Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wareham, Massachusetts
Spring, 2021