Henry Schein and Team Schein Members (TSMs) around the world joined more than 1,200 underserved children, families, and seniors to celebrate the company’s 21stannual Holiday Cheer for Children program, a corporate initiative that helps participating families enjoy the holiday season.
TSMs from more than 20 company locations participated in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Activities varied across the globe, with TSMs often collecting and donating gifts and food to local nonprofits or purchasing gifts for participating children and delivering them at company events. Henry Schein partners with local agencies to identify children and families who would most benefit.
“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,” said Benjamin.
The company hosted its largest Holiday Cheer for Children event on December 5 at its global headquarters in Melville, New York, where more than 550 children opened their presents, enjoyed dinner, games, and music, and visited with Santa Claus. Participating children and families at the Melville event were identified for participation by:
- Bethany House
- Espoir Youth Program
- Family and Children’s Association
- Family Service League
- Hispanic Counseling Center
- Madonna Heights
- Nassau County Department of Social Services
- The Raymar Children’s Fund
- WellLife Network
- YES Community Counseling Center
“Team Schein has long been a valued partner in our efforts to ensure that our clients, regardless of their circumstances, experience the wonder of the holiday season,” said Donna Teichner, assistant vice president, preventive services, for Family & Children’s Association.
“The Holiday Cheer for Children program is a highlight of the season for many of the families and children with whom we work, and we thank Henry Schein and TSMs around the world for their generosity,” said Teichner.