MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is spreading holiday cheer to children and their families around the world through its 18th annual "Holiday Cheer for Children" program, a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global social responsibility program. Team Schein Members (TSMs) from 20 company locations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Spain, and Germany participate in the program.
At many company locations, participating children and their families are given toys, clothing, games, and other gifts purchased by the company's TSMs, who spend their own time and money to sponsor individual children. Families also receive 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. At other company locations, TSMs raised funds for local charities and people in need.
"We've been partnering with Henry Schein for 16 years and it's just wonderful to see all of these smiling faces, and to see them interacting with friends and family members in such a positive environment," said Donna Teichner, Assistant Vice President, Preventive Services of the Mineola, New York-based Family & Children's Association. "We're so appreciative of everything Henry Schein does for our families to help them through the holidays because our budgets don't allow for us to do these things as a not-for-profit. It makes me smile, because I know it's making our families smile."
Children and their families receive their gifts at Henry Schein locations throughout the U.S. The company's largest event took place December 8 at Henry Schein's global headquarters in Melville, New York, where TSMs presented their gifts to more than 600 Long Island kids at a Peanuts®-themed celebration. The event included dinner, games, music, 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, Espoir Youth Program, Family & Children's Association, Family Service League, Hispanic Counseling Center, Madonna Heights, MPowering Kids, Nassau County Department of Social Services, Northwell Health, The Pederson-Krag Center, The Raymar Children's Fund, and YES Community Counseling Center.
"The holidays bring out the kid in all of us, and it is wonderful to celebrate the season with these amazing families and organizations," said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "With every passing year, Team Schein's enthusiasm and generosity only grows, and seeing so many smiling faces is its own special gift. Holiday Cheer for Children exemplifies the spirit of Team Schein and embodies the company's commitment to giving back."
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 the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.
Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations to non-profit organizations supporting 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.
The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as provided by law.
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 19,000 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 110,000 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 $10.6 billion in 2015, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 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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