Crye-Leike Donates 528 Filled Backpacks to Youth Villages’ Backpack Heroes Program

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has once again teamed up with Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee to support the Backpack Heroes program. Having participated in the drive for over 20 years, Crye-Leike broke its record in 2021, donating 528 backpacks full of school supplies to Youth Villages.

July 28, 2021

Youth Villages is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully through home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care, adoption services, residential treatment, community-based programs and crisis and prevention services.

Chris Crye, the late son of Crye-Leike CEO and Co-founder Harold Crye, was an avid supporter of Youth Villages. In his memory, the agents and employees of Crye-Leike carry on a tradition of caring for kids who deserve every opportunity to learn and succeed.

"We're proud to have supported Youth Villages in their Backpack Heroes drive for so many years now," said Mr. Crye. "The support from our agents never ceases to amaze me. This year we broke another record and collected 528 backpacks. We don't ask our offices to beat the previous year's record; it just comes naturally from their hearts. I'm very proud of what it's become."

Jason Murphy, Crye-Leike principal broker and administrative manager for Middle Tennessee, has organized the Crye-Leike offices' participation in the Backpack Heroes program year-after-year. Once all of the backpacks are collected, Youth Villages comes to the Crye-Leike Brentwood office with students to pick up the supplies.

"To see the excitement on the students' faces when they see the backpacks and pick out their very own is a special moment to witness," said Mr. Murphy. "The generosity comes from Crye-Leike associates and staff from all across Middle Tennessee; from Dickson to Lebanon, Columbia to Clarksville and everywhere in between."

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