MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is celebrating the holidays this December with more than 1,000 underserved children and their families through its 19th annual "Holiday Cheer for Children" program, a flagship corporate initiative designed to ensure that participating children around the world enjoy a fun and festive holiday season.
This year, Team Schein Members (TSMs) from 20 company locations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Spain, and Germany, participated in the program. TSMs at many Henry Schein locations sponsor individual children, purchasing toys, clothing, games, and other gifts for them. The children's families also receive gift certificates to major supermarket chains through the program. The company partners with local social service agencies to identify children and families who would most benefit from participating in the program. At other Henry Schein locations, TSMs raise funds and donate gifts to local charities and people in need.
"We at Henry Schein are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and the Holiday Cheer for Children program is a perfect example of how our Team Schein Members embody that spirit of generosity," said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "For 19 years, we have celebrated this program and cherished the smiles of countless children and families, and we look forward to many more smiles in the years to come."
Many Henry Schein locations throughout the U.S. play host to events where participating children receive their gifts, the largest of which took place December 7 at the company's global headquarters in Melville, New York. TSMs presented their gifts to nearly 700 Long Island kids at a Disney-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, Nassau County Department of Social Services, Northwell Health, The Pederson-Krag Center, The Raymar Children's Fund, and YES Community Counseling Center.
"We are always grateful for Henry Schein's partnership this time of year, as they share our commitment to helping children and families across Long Island enjoy a festive and safe holiday season," said Lynne Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator, Nassau County Department of Social Services. "For the families we work with, the Holiday Cheer for Children event is a wonderful way to embrace the spirit of the holidays and enjoy a fun-filled evening with their family and friends."
Holiday Cheer for Children is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program, and 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 healthcare 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 22,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 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 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 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 $11.6 billion in 2016, 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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