Crye-Leike Blood Drive Open To Public

Nashville, Tenn. – To respond to the American Red Cross’ plea for more blood, Crye-Leike, Realtors is organizing a blood drive on Wed., July 20, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Brentwood branch office, located at 5111 Maryland Way. The public is invited to participate.

Regular donors and first-time donors are needed now to meet the city’s critical blood supply levels at this time of year when summer inventory drops, says the American Red Cross.

“There’s not enough blood on the shelves; this is critical,” says Patricia A. Callicoat, chief executive officer of the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The local inventory historically drops during the summer months because people are more focused on enjoying the summer than giving blood.”

The American Red Cross has sent hospitals less than what was ordered for most of June. To meet hospital patient needs, the Red Cross tries to collect 800 pint per day.  In June, collections averaged 375 per day.

“The only source of blood is generous people,” says Crye-Leike sales associate Jim Heidenway, co-chair of Crye-Leike’s third annual blood drive. “The American Red Cross invites everyone to consider blood donation as a public responsibility.  The right to give blood and save others’ lives comes at 17, and 110 pounds.”

Most people are eligible to give blood.  A mini-physical is given before each donation.  Blood pressure, temperature, pulse and percentage of red blood cells are all checked.  Questions about eligibility can be answered by calling 1-800 GIVE LIFE.  Eating a good meal about 90 minutes before donation is suggested.

All blood drive participants will receive a special edition patriotic t-shirt, a ticket to the Williamson County Fair, and participants can register to win a $500 shopping spree.

For more information on Crye-Leike’s Blood Drive on Wed., July 20, 2005, or to make an appointment, call Crye-Leike Public Relations at 615/373-2044, ext. 622.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 28 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.