Founded in 1999, Henry Schein's Holiday Cheer for Children initiative is designed to make the holiday wishes of underserved children in the local areas where Henry Schein has a presence come true during the end-of-year holidays. Team Schein Members contribute their time and money to ensure that the holidays are brighter for children and their families. Over the years, the program has been replicated in multiple locations throughout the United States and around the world, with more than 1,000 children participating annually. In all locations, this program is held in partnership with various local social service agencies that assist in the identification of children in need in their local community.
Henry Schein, Inc. and Team Schein Members (TSMs) around the world joined more than 1,200 underserved children, families, and seniors to celebrate the Company's 21st annual Holiday Cheer for Children program, a flagship corporate initiative that helps participating families enjoy a fun and festive holiday season.
TSMs from more than 20 Company locations participated in the program, spreading holiday cheer to kids in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K. Holiday Cheer for Children takes different forms depending on the location, with TSMs often collecting and donating gifts and food to local nonprofit organizations, or purchasing gifts for participating children and delivering them at Company events. Henry Schein partners with local social service agencies to identify children and families who would most benefit from participating in the program.
“The Holiday Cheer for Children program exemplifies our Company's mission to support the communities in which we live and work, and the joy of celebrating with new friends and families each year only serves to reinforce our commitment to giving back,” said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “It is especially rewarding to see the friendships that have formed between our TSMs, our social service agency partners, and the families we serve, and we look forward to making many more new friends in the years to come.”
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 and overall health by helping to increase access to care for communities around the world.