Henry Schein is celebrating the holidays with more than 1,000 underserved children and their families through its 19th annual Holiday Cheer for Children program, a corporate initiative designed to ensure that participating children around the world enjoy a fun and festive holiday season. This year, Team Schein Members (TSMs) from 20 company locations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Germany participated.
TSMs at many Henry Schein locations sponsor individual children, purchasing toys, clothing, games, and other gifts for them. The children’s families also receive gift certificates to major supermarket chains through the program. The company partners with local social service agencies to identify children and families who would most benefit. At other Henry Schein locations, TSMs raise funds and donate gifts to local charities and people in need.
“We at Henry Schein are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and the Holiday Cheer for Children program is a perfect example of how our Team Schein Members embody that spirit of generosity,” said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “For 19 years, we have celebrated this program and cherished the smiles of countless children and families, and we look forward to many more smiles in the years to come.”
Many Henry Schein locations throughout the United States host events where participating children receive their gifts, the largest of which took place on December 8 at the company’s global headquarters in Melville, NY. TSMs presented their gifts to nearly 700 children from Long Island at a Disney-themed celebration. The event included dinner, games, music, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children and families were identified for participation in the Melville event by local social service agencies.
“We are always grateful for Henry Schein’s partnership this time of year, as they share our commitment to helping children and families across Long Island enjoy a festive and safe holiday season,” said Lynne Campbell, volunteer coordinator, Nassau County Department of Social Services. “For the families we work with, the Holiday Cheer for Children event is a wonderful way to embrace the spirit of the holidays and enjoy a fun-filled evening with their family and friends.”