Crye-Leike Teams with American Red Cross to Replenish Blood Supply

Nashville, Tenn. – When the American Red Cross issued a plea to donate blood last February to replenish the city’s quarantined blood supply, Crye-Leike of Nashville, Inc. was inspired to organize their first company blood drive in March.

Crye-Leike’s efforts proved worthwhile and exceeded its expectations, says Joyce Friedman, Crye-Leike’s public relations director. “The American Red Cross issued a goal of 60 pints for our company, based on our employee size. We collected 78 pints of blood, with 22 from first-time donors; not so bad for our first time.”

“The American Red Cross made it very easy to donate by providing us with simple directions to follow in organizing a corporate blood drive. The whole donor process ran very smoothly with no interruptions during a normal business day at our corporate offices.”

If you are a business organizing a blood drive for the first time, the American Red Cross asks that the business identify a minimum of 45 volunteer blood donors before requesting a blood drive. The American Red Cross utilizes a mobile blood unit that is self contained and is parked in front of the business sponsoring the drive.

With the summer upon us, the American Red Cross is now appealing to businesses which have organized blood drives before, says Drue Hackney, donor recruitment representative of the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region (TVR). “The local inventory historically seems to drop during the summer months because people are more focused on enjoying the summer than giving blood. We are encouraging businesses who have held blood drives in the past to hold another one in June and we would like to have new businesses come on board, too.”

Branch offices of Crye-Leike, Realtors are continuing to hold blood drives. The most recent one is planned for Wilson County at its Mt. Juliet branch office, located at 1285 North Mt. Juliet Road, on May 13, 2003, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. To volunteer to donate, please call Barbara Parrish at 615/754-8999.

Crye-Leike’s Franklin-Cool Springs branch office, located at 206A Cool Springs Blvd., also is planning a blood drive for Williamson County in June. To volunteer to donate, please call coordinator Kathy Allen at 615/771-6620.

For further information on organizing a company blood drive, please contact your local American Red Cross or Drue Hackney at 615/330-6011.

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 20 branch and franchise offices in 10 counties throughout a two-state Mid-South region: TENNESSEE (Middle Tennessee) – Davidson, Grundy, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties; and KENTUCKY – Warren County. Sales associates in the Greater Nashville area currently total over 800.