Crye-Leike, Realtors Expands Its Blood Drive into Clarksville Community

Nashville, Tenn. –  Crye-Leike, Realtors has expanded its community blood drive into Clarksville to compliment the company’s blood drive in Nashville on March 6, 2003, an effort that now will involve over 125 blood donors.

Clarksville’s community blood drive is scheduled for Mon., March 10, 2003 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crye-Leike’s Clarksville St. Bethlehem branch office, located at 2512 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. in Clarksville.

Knowing that the blood supply at the local Red Cross is in dire straits, Crye-Leike, Realtors has secured donor commitments from over 50 Crye-Leike sales associates, staff and members of the Clarksville community who will join in the effort to replenish the region’s blood supply. Crye-Leike’s Nashville initiative has attracted over 75 blood donors.

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 615/327-8571, 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.