Crye-Leike Teams Up with Lifeblood to Replenish Blood Supply

Memphis, Tenn. – When Lifeblood, Mid-South Regional Blood Center issued a plea to donate blood this summer to supplement the drastic drop in summer inventory, Crye-Leike in Memphis heeded their call by organizing a company blood drive in August. Similarly, the American Red Cross issued the same plea in Middle Tennessee where Crye-Leike organized additional blood drives in Brentwood, Clarksville and Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Crye-Leike’s company wide efforts proved worthwhile, collecting 124 pints of blood between June and August, reported officials from Lifeblood and the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross tells us that one blood donation helps to save up to three lives. Crye-Leike is proud to say that we made a difference in saving 372 people’s lives,” said Joyce Friedman, public relations for Crye-Leike.

“The need for blood in America is tremendous, and donating blood is so simple,” she said. “Lifeblood, Mid-South Regional Blood Center in Memphis makes it very easy to donate by providing companies with simple directions to follow in organizing a corporate blood drive,” she said. “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.”

If you are a business organizing a blood drive for the first time, Lifeblood asks that you identify a minimum of 25 volunteer blood donors before requesting a blood drive. Lifeblood 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.

Only 5 percent of eligible Americans actually donate blood, reports the American Red Cross, and only 30 percent of first-time blood donors come back to give a second time.

For further information on organizing a company blood drive, please contact Lifeblood at (901) 522-8585.

Memphis-based Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 27 years, has 19 branch and four franchise offices in eight counties throughout the regions of West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and Mississippi.

Lifeblood (www.lifeblood.org) is an independent community blood center for the Mid-South serving local hospitals, patients and volunteer blood donors of a region with a population of 1.1 million and the eighth largest medical center in the United States. Lifeblood provides almost all of the blood used in the area for lifesaving transfusion.