MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 12th consecutive year, Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, brightened the holiday season of more than 1,000 children and their families through the Company's Holiday Cheer For Children program. Founded in 1999, Henry Schein's Holiday Cheer program is a flagship initiative of the Company's global corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares.
Through the Holiday Cheer program, children are sponsored by Team Schein Members, who contribute their own time and money to ensure that each child's holiday wishes come true. Clothing, toys, games, and other gifts are presented to participating children and their families at special holiday celebrations held at many Henry Schein locations.
"Henry Schein's Holiday Cheer program underscores a spirit of giving among Team Schein Members and their families, which should be central to the holiday season," said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "A wonderful quality of the program is that many Team Schein Members involve their own families in the selection of gifts for the children who are sponsored. In this way, Holiday Cheer lets Team Schein Member families share this important activity and helps cultivate a sense of volunteering and giving back."
This year, Henry Schein once again partnered with a number of local social service organizations to help identify families in need.
About Henry Schein
Henry Schein, a Fortune 500® company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, is recognized for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices. The Company's four business groups - Dental, Medical, International and Technology - serve more than 700,000 customers worldwide, including dental practitioners and laboratories, physician practices and animal health clinics, as well as government and other institutions. The Company operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than 200 countries with a comprehensive selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items. Henry Schein also provides exclusive, innovative technology offerings for dental, medical and veterinary professionals, including value-added practice management software and electronic health record solutions.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein employs more than 13,500 people and has operations or affiliates in 24 countries. The Company's net sales reached a record $6.5 billion in 2009. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.
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