Buford, GA: Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has teamed up with Volunteers of America Southeast to begin collecting backpacks filled with school supplies to donate to school children in the surrounding areas.

Over the past eight years, Volunteers of America Southeast has helped over 5,000 students through Operation Backpack. This year, Crye-Leike's new Buford - Flowery branch office is looking to contribute to that. Many children in local areas live in poverty, and it is important to Crye-Leike that those children are getting the supplies they need and deserve before each school year begins. For Crye-Leike Office Administrator Nancy Hicks, Operation Backpack hits close to home.

"This drive is so near and dear to my heart because I'm a former special education teacher of Gwinnett County Public Schools," said Hicks. "I've seen first-hand how children feel when they come to school without supplies. Some children even come to school without backpacks, and other children come to school with backpacks that are torn or soiled. Every child deserves their own supplies and fresh backpacks!"

Community members in Buford and surrounding areas may drop off filled backpacks at 4949 Lanier Islands Parkway, Suite 101, Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. 5:30p.m. from now until July 26th.

For more information regarding how to help Crye-Leike's Buford - Flowery branch office donate to Operation Backpack, please call the office at (678) 482-2267, or email Nancy Hicks at nancy.hicks@crye-leike.com.



ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE: Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for over 40 years, is ranked as the third largest independently-owned real estate firm in the nation and the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South. Crye-Leike has more than 3,200 sales associates, 800 employees and 139 company-owned and franchise offices spread across nine states. It generated $6.5 billion in sales volume and 30,550 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2018 - its biggest year ever - and is on track to achieve the company's goal of $6.8 billion in sales volume this year.