Nashville, Tenn. - This Christmas just got merry for a group of Middle Tennessee children in need, thanks to a holiday fund-raiser for the children at Youth Villages, sponsored by Crye-Leike, Realtors.

The nation's 10th largest real estate company is holding its 22nd annual Campaign for Children, a program in which Crye-Leike sales associates and corporate staff purchase in bulk holiday greeting cards, designed by Youth Villages children, to send to their clients and friends.

All proceeds raised are designated to the Chris Crye Fund and are used to purchase holiday gifts for the children of Youth Villages and to support their mentoring program throughout the year. Since establishing this holiday card drive 22 years ago, Crye-Leike has raised in excess of $291,000 for Youth Villages.

"Most of the children and adolescents in Youth Villages' care have had to move from place to place and have very little to call their own," says Patti Bryan, development director of Youth Villages in Middle Tennessee. "For the children to receive gifts during the holiday season is such a positive way for them to start out the new year. We, at Youth Villages, are very grateful for this continual outpouring of support and generosity from Crye-Leike."

The inscription on the inside of the greeting card reads: ?Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year. This holiday season, a donation has been made in your honor to benefit Youth Villages, a private non-profit organization committed to helping children and families live successfully.

"We anticipate raising company wide around $28,000 this year as we have done in year's past," says Kristen Pendergraft, Crye-Leike's Middle Tennessee campaign coordinator.

Youth Villages (www.youthvillages.org) offers help and hope to more than 5,000 troubled children and their families each year through a continuum of care that ensures treatment in the most effective, least restrictive environment. Of that total, over 1,500 are served in Middle Tennessee.

Services include: home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care and adoption services, residential treatment, community-based programs, transitional living services and specialized crisis services.

Today, more than 900 counselors, teachers and skilled support staff provide Youth Villages' services from offices in 15 cities throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Texas.

The Youth Villages' Chris Crye Fund was established in 1998 in memory of real estate broker Chris Crye, son of Harold Crye, who experienced an untimely death as a result of a horseback riding accident in 1998. Chris was an active volunteer and supporter of Youth Villages.

Over 900 sales associates and 200 corporate staff at Crye-Leike's 19 branch offices in the Greater Nashville area will be participating in this fund-raising effort, along with an expanded effort among Crye-Leike's 1,200 sales force in its Greater Memphis Region. Crye-Leike's Nashville Region includes branch offices in: Davidson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and counties.

If you wish to make a charitable contribution to Youth Villages during this holiday season, please make a check payable to Youth Villages and send to: Patti Bryan, Director of Development Middle Tennessee, Youth Villages, 3310 Perimeter Hill Drive, Nashville, TN. 37211, or call 615/250-7207 for more information.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 26 years, is the nation's 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving the Southern Region of the United States. It has a network of over 2,800 sales associates and 68 branch and franchise offices located in 36 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.