Mt. Juliet, TN- The Crye-Leike, Realtors Mt. Juliet office will hold a blood drive to benefit the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 11-5 p.m.


“We began the office blood drives in 2003 and ever since, we’ve held two a year,” said Mt. Juliet agent Gary Rabideau. “With an average of nearly 45 pints per drive during the past 10 drives, we’ve contributed approximately 450-plus pints of much needed blood.”


Under normal circumstances, every two seconds someone in America will need a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery, organ transplants, women with complications during childbirth, newborns and premature babies, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia.


Donating blood is one way citizens can help those in need and each donation can be used to help save as many as three lives. Currently, the American Red Cross collects almost half of blood donations across the U.S.


The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Crye-Leike Mt. Juliet office located at 1285 North Mt. Juliet Road and donors will receive meals prepared by office agents.


“We prepare meals fit for kings (I mean donors) and we get lots of comments on how good the food is,” said Mt. Juliet agent Dee Lawrence. “Good food, good friends and good cause – what more can you ask for.”


To schedule an appointment time to donate during the blood drive, please contact Mt. Juliet agent Barbara Parrish at (615) 754-8999.


Crye-Leike, Realtors was established in Memphis in 1977 by Harold Crye and Dick Leike, and within three years, the company grew to be the largest in the city. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,900 sales associates and 125 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals. In 2006, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $6.1 billion with 35,498 closed transaction sides.