May 172014

Blood Farm roof Joists are up, a milestone in rebuilding effortArt Campbell | The Groton Line

Blood Farm roof joists are installed, a milestone in rebuilding effort

The Blood Farm Employee Assistance Fund hit two milestones this month: it has disbursed about $30,000 in donations to employees of the shut-down-but-rebuilding butchery, and it received it’s largest donation to date, a $1,000 check from the Middlesex County Farm Bureau, according to spokesmen Jack Petropoulos and Steve Webber.

And Blood Farm itself hit another milestone in its rebuilding — the first roof joist was installed, followed by all the others to frame out the two-story building — construction is moving along well, Sharon Blood wrote in an email.

Florence Roche Walkathon To Assist Blood Farm Employees

The kids and staff at Florence Roche Elementary School are running the community’s next fundraiser to benefit the Employee Assistance Fund, a walkathon at the school May 22. Students will circle the track for several hours, by grades, that afternoon, organizers Sandy Cook and Nicole Kromer said. You can view or download the event information here, or to make a pledge to help the students in the walkathon reach their goal, contact Cook by email at .

The Blood Farm Employee Assistance Fund, organized after Barney Blood decided in January to rebuild his family’s business after a devastating December fire, has collected funds to help the employees displaced by the fire until the butcher reopens in late summer or early fall. Three fund disbursements have been made so far, and a fourth is penciled in for some time in June.

Webber said that relief moneys total, “My number is $29,780, $12,780 from the Enterprise Bank account and $17,000 from the Groton Community Foundation.” The Employee Assistance Fund began collecting money through the Groton Community Foundation until it could establish its own bank accounts, so two accounts have been used to get assistance to employees.

In addition to community fundraisers like the Florence Roche walkathon, donations may still be made to the fund on the Employee Assistance group’s website, Petropoulos and Webber said.

The Groton Line is a media sponsor and charter member of the Blood Farm Employee Assistance Fund. — Ed.