Crye-Leike Real Estate donates 494 backpacks to nonprofit for troubled students

Crye-Leike Real Estate donates 494 backpacks to nonprofit for troubled students


Crye-Leike Real Estate Services donated 494 backpacks full of school supplies to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee as part of the Backpack Heroes Program.

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. 

Crye-Leike agents and employees have continued the tradition of caring for children, in memory of Chris Crye, marking the 19th consecutive year of the partnership.

“We’re proud to have supported Youth Villages in their Backpack Heroes drive for so many years now,” Harold Crye said in a news release. “The support from our agents never ceases to amaze me. This year we broke another record and collected 494 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.”

Crye-Leike Principal Broker and Administrative Manager for Middle Tennessee Jason Murphy has organized Crye-Leike’s participation in the program over the years. 

“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,” Murphy said. “The generosity comes from Crye-Leike associates and staff from all across Middle TN – from Dickson to Lebanon, Columbia to Clarksville and everywhere in between.”

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services is a full service real estate company that was founded in Memphis in 1977. Crye-Leike is ranked as the third largest independently-owned real estate firm in the nation and the largest serving Tennessee.

More information about Crye-Leike and its community engagement can be found at

More information about Youth Villages can be found at

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