Crye-Leike Teams with American Red Cross by Holding Blood Drives

Nashville, Tenn. –  Crye-Leike, Realtors is doing its share to help the American Red Cross. It has collected 48 pints at its recent blood drive held at Crye-Leike in Mt. Juliet and is holding another blood drive in Brentwood with hopes to exceed that goal.

Crye-Leike’s next blood drive is scheduled for Wed., July 21, 2004 from 10 am to 3 p.m. at Crye-Leike Brentwood West, 5111 Maryland Way in Brentwood, located on the corner of Ward Circle and Maryland Way and one-half block west of the YMCA Maryland Farms. Blood donor visitors will be eligible to win free Wynonna Judd concert tickets as well as a dinner for two at any Logan’s Roadhouse.

“The Red Cross encourages everyone to consider blood donation as a public responsibility, a sign of maturity,” said Crye-Leike sales associate Ernie Berkau, co-chairman of Crye-Leike’s Blood Drive who calls being a blood donor a simple way to ?invest in a life.’  “We issue drivers’ licenses at age 16. We confer the right to serve our country in the military and vote at age 18.  The right to give blood and save others’ lives comes at age 17 and 110 pounds.”

The public is encouraged to participate. The American Red Cross is placing a mobile unit outside Crye-Leike’s headquarters to accommodate walk up traffic.

“The American Red Cross has issued a goal of 60 pints for our company, based on our employee size,” said Crye-Leike sales associate Jim Heidenway, co-chairman of Crye-Leike’s blood drive. “We collected 78 pints of blood last year and are confident that we can get close to that number again this year.”

With the summer upon us, the American Red Cross is appealing to businesses that organized blood drives before because of the drop in summer inventory, said Drue Hackney, donor recruitment representative for the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region (TVR) of the American Red Cross.

“The local inventory historically seems to drop during the summer months because people are more focused on enjoying the summer than giving blood,” said Hackney. “We are encouraging businesses who have held blood drives in the past to hold another one this summer and of course, we’d like to have new businesses come on board, too.”

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 offers a mobile blood unit that is self contained and is parked in front of the business sponsoring the drive. Or, they can set up a blood drive inside a conference room or cafeteria.

“The American Red Cross makes it very easy to donate by providing companies with simple directions to follow in organizing a corporate blood drive,” said Joyce Friedman, Crye-Leike’s public relations director. “The whole donor process is orchestrated in such a way that there are no interruptions during a normal business day and employees are provided the opportunity and convenience of donating blood while at work. We hope that other businesses will join us in holding similar blood drives in their place of business.”

To donate, you must not have given whole blood in the last 56 days. There is no upper age limit for blood donation. You may not give blood if you have received Red Cross notification asking you not to do so.  You also must bring acceptable identification.  The preferred identifier is government-issued picture identification such as a driver’s license or a Red Cross donor card.

For more information about blood donation, call the Williamson County Chapter of the American Red Cross at (615) 790-5785 or toll free at 1-800 GIVE LIFE, or visit the Red Cross Web site at www.redcross.org/tn/nashvilleblood.

To sign up as a blood donor at Crye-Leike’s blood drive, call 373-2044 ext. 622.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 27 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. Crye-Leike of Nashville, Inc. has 18 branch offices and one franchise office in nine counties throughout Middle Tennessee in Davidson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties, including Warren County in Kentucky.