December 12, 2018
by Henry Schein
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.