Smyrna, TN: Each year in celebration of the holiday season, the town of Smyrna organizes a festive Christmas parade for their community. Local businesses are encouraged to participate under the condition that they pay an entry fee of the edible variety. The fee was not of money value but instead they requested canned food donations that could be given to help those in need at Nourish Food Bank.

Crye-Leike Smyrna office stepped up to the challenge this month and organized their Annual Holiday Food Drive. This is the second year the Crye-Leike team has joined together to participate in the parade and all were eager to collect as many food items as possible to help those who need it most.

As a fun way to encourage each participating business to collect as many canned goods as possible, Jill Strange, Parade Coordinator, created a traveling trophy. The trophy was to be awarded to the business that collected the most goods. Crye-Leike received this trophy last year and the competitive spirit of the team led them to win the trophy for another year. Out of 100 other businesses, Crye-Leike Smyrna collected the most food items, for a grand total of 1,978. Donations were made by team members, their families, and current and past clients.

"The competition part of the drive is all in good fun," said Amber McEachron, Crye-Leike Realtor. "Ultimately, what drove us to participate and collect as much as we could was helping the people in our community and making sure they are taken care of."

The parade ended up collecting an impressive 7,000 food items which so many people will benefit from this holiday season. "We love our community and we love giving back," said Nathan Fay, Crye-Leike Realtor. "Our team looks forward to participating in next years parade and we are hopeful that we can collect even more for our local food bank."

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