MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) and Team Schein Members (TSMs) are celebrating the season with more than 1,200 underserved children and their families as part of the Company's 20th annual Holiday Cheer for Children program, a flagship corporate initiative created to help ensure that each participating child enjoys the holidays.
This year, TSMs from 22 Company locations in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K. participated in the program. The program takes many forms depending on the location, with TSMs often collecting and donating gifts and food to local nonprofit organizations, or sponsoring individual children and purchasing toys, clothing, and other gifts for them. At some locations, TSMs host events where they present participating children with their gifts. To identify children and families who would most benefit from participating in the program, the Company partners with local social service agencies.
"For two decades, the Holiday Cheer for Children program has afforded Team Schein the opportunity to share the holidays with our friends and neighbors around the world, as we give back to the communities in which we live and work," said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "It has been a wonderful gift to partner with local service agencies and our Team Schein Members to bring smiles and joy to countless children through the years, and we look forward to celebrating this program for many more years to come."
The Company hosted its largest Holiday Cheer for Children event December 6 at its global headquarters in Melville, New York, where more than 550 children opened their presents, enjoyed dinner, games, and music, and visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Participating children and families at the Melville event were identified for participation 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, The Raymar Children's Fund, Well Life, and YES Community Counseling Center.
"The Holiday Cheer for Children program is always a blessing this time of year, and we thank Team Schein for being a valued partner in our efforts to ensure the families and children we work with enjoy a fun and festive holiday," said Donna Teichner, Assistant Vice President, Preventive Services for Family & Children's Association, the program's longest-running partner. "We have watched this program bring joy to so many families over the years, and we thank Henry Schein and its Team Schein Members for their generosity and kindness."
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 a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 22,000 Team Schein Members serving more than 1 million customers globally, the Company is the world's largest provider of Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions to enhance the efficiency of 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's network of trusted advisors provides health care professionals with the valued solutions they need to improve operational success and clinical outcomes. The Company offers customers exclusive, innovative products and solutions, including practice management software, e-commerce solutions, specialty and surgical products, as well as a broad range of financial services. 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.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 34 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $12.5 billion in 2017, 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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