Team Schein Members (TSMs) from Henry Schein from around the world have collaborated to build more than 17,000 hygiene kits for girls, children, and adults living in international emergency areas. TSMs assembled the kits as part of the company’s inaugural We Care Global Challenge, which aims to bring colleagues together under the shared mission of benefiting children and communities in need.
Beginning at the Henry Schein Germany national sales meeting in January and continuing at the national sales meetings for the company’s Canada Dental and US Animal Health, Medical, Special Markets, and Dental businesses, TSMs set about the goal of building 10,000 hygiene kits. Working in partnership with global nonprofits Save the Children and Heart to Heart International, the TSMs surpassed that goal and assembled 17,450 kits.
“The We Care Global Challenge embodies the charitable spirit that has long defined Team Schein’s commitment to society, and I could not be more pleased with how our team came together across borders and across businesses,” said Stanly M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein.
Each kit includes soap, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a washcloth, and a towel. TSMs also assembled kits specially designed for girls entering adulthood. Save the Children has already distributed kits to Syrian refugees in Europe, adolescent girls in Malawi, children affected by natural disasters in Canada, and children and the United States and Mexico border. Kits also have been pre-positioned to assist in Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
“We are grateful to Henry Schein for their partnership in supporting our efforts to ensure children in the US and around the world stay healthy when they are most vulnerable,” said Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “These hygiene kits play a critical role in our ability to effectively respond to emergencies and disaster-affected areas and help meet children and their families’ essential needs.”
“Team Schein Members across the globe exemplified Heart to Heart International’s PowrServ model of philanthropic team building, happily rolling up their sleeves for a wonderful cause,” said Jim Mitchum, CEO of Heart to Heart International.
“Each business team went above and beyond its original goal and demonstrated its own unique passion for making a difference. Team Schein was clearly up to the challenge, and we thank them for their hard work and dedication to positively impacting our shared society,” Mitchum said.