Wareham, MA — May 3, 2020 — The A.D. Makepeace Company Friday hosted the first ever Rosebrook Place Blood Drive, with participation so high that a second drive is planned.
“Circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have left us looking for a meaningful way to truly assist those who need us,” said James F. Kane, president and CEO of the A.D. Makepeace Company and himself a donor during the drive. “This drive builds off of our longtime relationship with Southcoast Health and is a way that we as a company, and our staff, could do something positive for those suffering in our communities.”
As a cranberry farmer, the A.D. Makepeace Company has been designated an “essential business, and has continued operating under the governor’s stay-at-home directive. Office staff are working from home, and others are adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.
“This is a critical time of year for the cranberry crop,” Mr. Kane said. “Our team is out protecting the cranberry vines from frost, clearing bog ditches and barge sanding, and undertaking other tasks that ensure the crop is a healthy one.”
The company has 94 employees who work in field and office facilities in Wareham, Carver, Rochester, and Plymouth.
The blood drive was conducted by the American Red Cross under new social distancing protocols, explained Kim Houdlette, the A.D. Makepeace Company’s director of community relations. No walk-ins were permitted, scheduled appointments allowed sufficient time to thoroughly clean the donation space after each use, and donors were required to bring, and wear, their own masks.
“We were thrilled that so many people wanted to donate blood at this time — appointments were booked up almost immediately after we announced the drive,” Ms Houdlette said. She added that another drive is in the planning stages.
The A.D. Makepeace Company, founded in 1854, is the world’s largest cranberry grower, the largest private property owner in eastern Massachusetts, and an award-winning real estate developer known for sustainable land stewardship.