Henry Schein, headquartered in Melville, celebrated its 24th annual “Holiday Cheer for Children” campaign. The initiative helps underserved children and their families enjoy the holiday season around the world.
Team Schein members from more than 15 company locations brought holiday cheer to more than 1,700 people in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.
“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,” Seema Bhansali, vice president of Team Schein Member Experience & Inclusion at Henry Schein, said in a statement.
“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,” Bhansali added.
The initiative includes the collection of gifts and food that is donated to local nonprofits. It also includes gift cards to philanthropic partners that help families in need alleviate some of the financial burden they face during the holidays. The company collaborates with local social services agencies to identify those families that would benefit most through the program.
On Long Island, the company partnered with 10 social service agencies to participate in the program. Those agencies include Bethany House: Espoir Youth Program, Inc.; 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; and YES Community Counseling Center.
“We have partnered with Henry Schein for 13 years, and the ‘Holiday Cheer for Children’ program has continued to have an incredible impact on the community,” Adrienne LoPresti, executive director at YES Community Counseling Center, said in a statement.
“The holiday season can be difficult for individuals facing financial hardships, and this program has helped make this time of year more joyful for many families,” LoPresti said. “We are grateful to the team at Henry Schein for keeping the holiday spirit alive throughout the years.”
“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,” according to the company.
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