Crye-Leike’s Blood Drive Opens to the Public to Meet Red Cross’ Urgent Need to Replenish Blood Supply

Knowing that the blood supply at the local Red Cross is in dire straits, Harold E. Crye, chief executive officer of Crye-Leike, Realtors, will be the first in line to donate at his real estate company’s blood drive on Thursday, March 6, an effort which has attracted over 80 Crye-Leike sales associates and staff who will join him to replenish the city’s blood supply.

The American Red Cross is further opening Crye-Leike’s blood drive to the public by placing a mobile unit outside Crye-Leike’s headquarters to accommodate walk up traffic. The mobile unit will be stationed at Crye-Leike, Realtors on Thurs, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5111 Maryland Way in Brentwood which is located on the corner of Ward Circle and Maryland Way and one-half block west of the YMCA Maryland Farms.

Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region (TVR) is the second Red Cross Region to have put collected blood in quarantine because of a white particulate found in bags of blood products. Test results to determine the nature of the particulate are pending, but early results show it to be non-infectious.

The quarantine required the TVR to import 1,400 units from other Red Cross regions to meet immediate patient needs. Blood donations from the residents of the region are needed urgently to replenish the local inventory, says Patricia A. Callicoat, chief executive officer of the TVR. “Everyone should know that a constant supply is critical,” said Callicoat.

“We understand that in any emergency appeal for blood, it usually attracts the Red Cross’ regular donors, then six weeks later they are short again,” says Joyce Friedman, public relations director for Crye-Leike. “We felt it important to participate as a company because there is strength in numbers in addressing the immediate needs of our community who our agents serve every day.  We hope that other businesses will join us in holding similar blood drives in their places of business.”

The Red Cross is now appealing to people who haven’t considered giving blood before. “It’s time for the majority of our population to realize that they ?can’ give blood and they must to save the lives of the patients in our hospitals,” said Callicoat. “Blood cannot be manufactured; it has to come from a healthy volunteer donor.”

To be eligible, blood donors must be healthy, at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and must not have given whole blood in the last 56 days. There is no upper age limit for blood donation.

For questions about eligibility to give blood, please call 327-8571, or visit the Red Cross Web site at www.redcross.org/tn/nashvilleblood.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 26 years, is the nation’s 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.  Crye-Leike of Nashville, Inc. has a network of over 800 sales associates and 20 branch and franchise offices in 10 counties throughout a two-state Mid-South region in TENNESSEE (Middle Tennessee) – Davidson, Grundy, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties; and KENTUCKY – Warren County.