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.
Team Schein Members from more than 15 Company locations participated in the 24th annual "Holiday Cheer for Children" program, helping to brighten the holidays for more than 1,700 individuals in the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Spain. The program takes different forms depending on the location, with TSMs often collecting gifts and food for donation to local nonprofit organizations. Team Schein also provides gift cards to the Company's philanthropic partners for families in need to help to alleviate some of the financial burden many individuals face during the holidays. The Company collaborates with local social service agencies to identify families who would most benefit from participating in the program.
"At Henry Schein, our culture is built on the belief that every person is as important as the next, and this Team Schein culture is integral to our business and at the core of our initiatives," said Seema Bhansali, Vice President of Team Schein Member Experience & Inclusion at Henry Schein. "The 'Holiday Cheer for Children' program exemplifies the purpose-driven philosophy we have been committed to for more than nine decades, and we are pleased to celebrate another year of this very special program."
"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 advocates and supports efforts to advance health equity and empower health care professionals to promote a healthier tomorrow.