MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, is brightening the holidays this season for more than 1,000 children and their families with "Holiday Cheer for Children," a flagship program of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program.
Children and their families participating in the Holiday Cheer for Children program, now in its 16th year, are presented with clothing, toys, games and other gifts, purchased by Team Schein Members, who contribute their own time and money by sponsoring individual children. Food certificates to major supermarket chains are also presented to families in need through the program.
"Many of our families have participated in Henry Schein's Holiday Cheer for Children program for several years, and the parents' gratitude and the excitement and joy of their children demonstrate just how much they value and appreciate this program," said Lynne Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator at the Nassau County Department of Social Services. "Holiday Cheer for Children continues to bring happiness to families that often face some of their greatest financial hardships during the holiday season. We are all thankful to Henry Schein."
Each year, Henry Schein partners with local social service organizations at various company locations to help identify children and families who would benefit from participating in the Holiday Cheer for Children program. Henry Schein's largest event takes place at the Company's worldwide headquarters in Melville, N.Y., where Team Schein Members sponsored 615 children from Long Island. The celebration, themed this year around the popular Super Mario Bros. video-game franchise, featured a special dinner, a chocolate fountain, a cotton candy machine, Santa and Mrs. Claus, music and other games and festivities. Click here to view a video from Henry Schein's Holiday Cheer for Children event in Melville.
"Team Schein Members truly look forward to helping make the holidays a special and memorable time for children and their families," said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "The enthusiasm that Team Schein Members bring to the program contributes to its tremendous success and underscores the entire Company's commitment to advancing social responsibility through community engagement, giving back and volunteerism."
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: http://helpinghealthhappen.org/.
About Henry Schein Cares Foundation Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations that support 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. To learn more about the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, please visit: www.hscaresfoundation.org.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. 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 NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs more than 17,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 800,000 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 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 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 28 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $9.6 billion in 2013, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com.