MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, is spreading joy this holiday season to more than 1,000 children and their families through its 17th annual "Holiday Cheer for Children" program, a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program.
Participating children and their families are presented with toys, clothing, games, and other gifts purchased by Team Schein Members, who spend their own time and money to sponsor individual children. In addition, families in need are presented with gift certificates to major supermarket chains through the program. To help identify children and families who would benefit from participating in the Holiday Cheer for Children program, Henry Schein partners with local social service organizations at a number of company locations.
"There is no better reminder of the true meaning of the holiday season than seeing a child smile when they open their presents, and we are proud to partner with Henry Schein on this incredible program," said Theresa Sparrow-Gill, Residential Director of Bethany House, an organization that provides shelter to women and children who are homeless. "Holiday Cheer for Children does so much for children and their families during a time of year that can be difficult for those facing financial hardships, and we are very thankful to Team Schein for their kindness."
Children and their families receive their gifts at Henry Schein locations throughout the U.S. The Company's largest event took place December 3 at Henry Schein's global headquarters in Melville, New York, where Team Schein Members presented their gifts to 700 Long Island children at a superheroes-themed celebration. The event included a special dinner, a chocolate fountain, a cotton candy machine, music, games and festivities, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Children and families were identified for participation in the Melville event by the following local social service agencies: Bethany House, Madonna Heights, Espoir Youth Program, Nassau County Department of Social Services, Family Service League, YES Community Counseling Center, MPowering Kids, Family & Children's Association's Family Ties program, Hispanic Counseling Center, The Raymar Children's Fund, North Shore-LIJ Health System, and The Pederson-Krag Center.
"It is wonderful to see Team Schein embracing the spirit of the season and giving so selflessly to ensure that these children and their families have a joyful holiday experience," said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "Team Schein Members bring an enthusiasm to Holiday Cheer for Children that is matched only by their generosity, and this program's tremendous success embodies the Company's commitment to giving back to local communities."
Holiday Cheer for Children is supported by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that works to foster, support and promote dental, medical and animal health by helping to increase access to care for communities around the world.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About Henry Schein Cares Foundation
Established in 2008, Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care for communities around the world.
The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations that support health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care. To learn more about the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, please visit: www.hscaresfoundation.org.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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